The Scottish First Minister has branded footballers behaviour as “unacceptable” after two tested positive and six teammates are self-isolating after they broke rules and visited a bar last weekend.
The Aberdeen players were in a bar in the city last week after the first Premiership match of the season against Rangers, at a time when cases in the city are increasing. As a result, the clubs match tomorrow against St Johnstone has been called off.
Nicola Sturgeon slammed the player’s actions saying they: “blatantly” broke the rules agreed by the Government and the football clubs to allow the professional game to restart. She went on to and said it was “unacceptable” behaviour- footballers are role models and they should behave accordingly. To say it is deeply regrettable is an understatement.” Her response to the football players sparked a furious backlash among viewers on social media.
One tweeted: “Nicola Sturgeon clearly raging with Aberdeen FC players who she says broke the rules agreed by football clubs when they visited a bar. “She’s about one bit of bad news away from the taking the ball back off us this season.”
Another furious viewer added: “Why did Nicola Sturgeon say that Aberdeen FC players had broken rules. “Which rules were broken? How can she know they did anything outside of guidance?”.
The number of confirmed cases in a Covid-19 cluster which led to a local lockdown in Aberdeen has risen to 101. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told her daily briefing there had been an additional 22 cases in the last day.