Kilmarnock broke their silence on the SPFL’s decision to sanction the club for breaching Covid-19 protocols. The club were given a suspended fine. More importantly their game against Motherwell which had been postponed in October will not be rescheduled. Instead, it was recorded as a 3-0 win for the Fir Park club.

The awarding of the 3-0 loss to Kilmarnock puts them in seventh place in the Premiership table.

Found guilty by SPFL

The SPFL’s decision found that Kilmarnock admitted to breaching regulations on seating arrangements on the team coach and at a pre-match meal for an away game, with no physical distancing taking place on either occasion.

Kilmarnock aren't happy with SPFL decision
Kilmarnock aren’t happy with SPFL decision (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Pool via Getty Images)

Kilmarnock gave their side of the story with a statement on Thursday night.

The club was ‘aggrieved’ with the outcome of the decision. They felt that in the case of the pre-match meal and seating arrangements on the coach, the club had complied with the Scottish Government’s protocols on the matters.

Club hopes for updates on protocols

The club went on to state that they hoped that the football authorities in Scotland would use the investigation to update the Covid-19 guidance for clubs in Scotland. They are disappointed that did not happen.

Kilmarnock in action against Celtic
Kilmarnock in action against Celtic (Craig Williamson / SNS Group / Getty Images)

Indeed, the club has called for official guidelines for SPFL clubs to be updated as soon as possible, so there is no repeat of the game cancellations and match forfeits.

The SPFL also penalised St Mirren for breaching the Covid-19 protocols. They had two matches recorded as 3-0 losses, to Hamilton and Kilmarnock.

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