Green Party MSP Ross Greer has ridiculously claimed fans should remained locked out of football grounds if players flout Covid regulations in the wake of allegations Rangers players breached the rules over the weekend – as well as enforcing season-ending bans on the players involved.
With Rangers investigating the claims of at least four players being issued with penalty notices, Greer thinks that if ” players can’t follow the rules they don’t deserve the privilege” of playing in front of supporters.
Despite the incredible financial hardship this would cause clubs who have been behind closed doors for eleven months, the lawmaker wants to punish clubs further for the actions of their employees.
While players already face lengthy bans for deliberately breaching the rules, Greer also wants bans for the remainder of the campaign – while also hinting that he felt the rules covering elite athletes don’t extend far enough.
“It’s incredibly disappointing that elite sportspeople, who have exemptions that almost no one else has, are deciding to flout the rules that do apply to them,” Greer said on BBC One. [via The Sun]
“We don’t know the details in this particular case, and I’m sure Rangers will investigate it thoroughly, but we know that football clubs and the leagues are putting a lot of pressure on the government to bring fans back into stadiums for matches as quickly as possible.
“If players can’t follow the rules they don’t deserve the privilege of being able to bring fans back in.
“That is terrible for fans – it’s not fans’ fault, it is the players’ fault.
“If players are found to be flouting rules – the few rules that actually apply to them – for the sake of going to a house party, for example, I wouldn’t expect to see that player back on the pitch for the rest of this season.
“They have proven that they’re not deserving of trust from their own club, never mind fans or the public as a whole.”
Rangers fans on Twitter were left fuming after the club confirmed an investigation into an ‘alleged incident’ in Glasgow over the weekend