Hibs manager Jack Ross has expressed his disappointment in the decision to hand Kilmarnock and St Mirren 3-0 losses.
Both the Buddies and Killie were handed forfeits for games against Hamilton and Motherwell due to Covid-19 breaches. Each club have also been handed £40,000 suspended fines in a warning to other clubs.
Ross doesn’t agree with the outcome and the Hibs boss doesn’t think the punishments match the crimes committed: “I don’t agree the punishment is befitting of the breaches.
“The SPFL have deemed it a fit punishment. We all have to adhere to that but I think it’s a disappointing day for Scottish football when we get to that point. I’m sure it will happen again as the season goes on.
“I don’t think those clubs have sought to seek any sporting advantage or sought to cut any corners. I can’t believe that for one second and I don’t think any of the evidence suggests that.
“Reading some of the breaches they’ve been found guilty of, like not sitting far enough apart on a coach, I’m sure players have sat closer together on an aeroplane with national teams.
“It’s sadness and disappointment when we decide a 3-0 victory should be rewarded when clubs have been trying to do their best in very challenging circumstances.”
Hibs’ weekend opponents, Motherwell, have benefitted from this call. They have gained six points from the 3-0 forfeits, able to move two points behind Hibs in fourth with a win at Fir Park.
Ross doesn’t blame Motherwell for wanting to build on the points: “It’s nothing to do with Stephen Robinson or the club, they just happen to be in the midst of these games.
“They’d have believed they’d have won both anyway. It could have ramifications. You’d hope nothing was decided at the end of the season based on a game that was awarded a 3-0 victory. Even the 3-0 scoreline baffles me.
“I’m sure someone can try and find out how many times a team wins by three goals in the Premiership.”
Hibs’ manager believes serious flaws have been highlighted this week: “I’d hope in the midst of the challenges of the last ten months we as an industry learn from any mistakes we’ve made or the flaws highlighted in our processes.
“Experience would tell me we’ve been in situations before which have made us reflect on processes and how we promote our game and we don’t get it right, which is a shame.
“It’s such a big part of culture and history and so many people care about it. So many things went on this week [that] highlight there are too many flaws.”