Kilmarnock and St Mirren have had their punishments for Covid-19 protocol breaches reduced, with matches outstanding against Hamilton and Motherwell now set to be played.
Earlier in the season, both Killie and the Saints had to shut their doors for two weeks in order to battle respective Covid-19 outbreaks. As a result of protocol breaches, which included car sharing, each club was handed £40,00 suspended fines.
On top of that, Kilmarnock were handed a 3-0 loss for their game against Motherwell while St Mirren were given the same for matches against Motherwell and Hamilton. This was appealed and the case was heard on Thursday night.
An outcome has now been reached, the matches to be rearranged and fines down from £40,000 to £20,000, with £10,00o suspended. A Saints statement reads: “The Club thanks the Panel for their review of the case and their determination that the sanctions handed out by the SPFL Tribunal was excessive and inappropriate.
“The decision of the Appeal hearing that the matches be rearranged is a victory for common sense and the reduction of the fine from £40,000 suspended to £20,000 with £10,000 suspended is acknowledged by the Club.
“The challenges facing everyone throughout this difficult time have never been underestimated by the Club and, the Club recognises that it will always strive to do its utmost to protect its players, staff and as soon as is safe, its loyal supporters.”
Kilmarnock added: “Kilmarnock Football Club is pleased to confirm that our case to the Scottish FA Appeal tribunal has been largely successful. The forfeiture of our Scottish Premiership match against Motherwell has been quashed and the match will be played at a date yet to be scheduled.
“The club is required to pay a £10,000 fine to the SPFL with a further £10,000 suspended until June 30, 2021.”
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