Aberdeen match off as eight players self-isolate
Aberdeen played Rangers on Saturday (pic: SNS Group)
UPDATE 7 August: Aberdeen’s match this weekend against St Johnstone has been called off after two players tested positive for Covid-19.
The game at McDiarmid Park, Perth, had been given the go-ahead after a meeting involving the Scottish FA and SPFL Joint Response Group, together with Aberdeen and Scottish Government representatives.
The pair who tested positive are now self-isolating along with six other players who have been in close proximity to them.
Chairman Dave Cormack had earlier described the Covid outbreak as a ‘bitter blow’.
“After Saturday’s game [against Rangers], with all eyes on Pittodrie, we were once again commended on the stringent processes and measures we had in place,” said Cormack.
“Given the efforts of everyone at the club and our investment in protecting our most valuable assets, this is a bitter blow.
“With two first-team players testing positive for Covid-19, plus six others having to isolate for 14 days, it is also a harsh reminder of the severity and speed of spread of this virus.
“The club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the club’s Covid-19 protocols and the governing bodies’ guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate.”
All eight players will also miss matches against Hamilton and Celtic.
The city of Aberdeen saw an increase in lockdown restrictions due to a spike in cases centred around a city centre bar. Pubs and restaurants have closed, there is a five-mile travel limit for leisure activities and people from outside the Granite City have been encouraged not to travel there.