Livingston have released a statement regarding a report that centered around an alleged breach of the Covid-19 rules be the club.
The report stated that the police were looking into reports that the club had broken the Covid-19 protocol rules by having a meal at a restaurant in Aberdeen. The club’s team bus had been photographed outside the Tony Macaroni restaurant in Aberdeen.
However, the club have refuted that they have broken any protocols.
“We have been made aware of complaints that were made in relation to our pre-match meal at Tony Macaroni and a subsequent “investigation” into these events” the statement notes.
“We are deeply disappointed about this “investigation” and the way this alleged COVID-19 breach has been portrayed in the media. Considering we had the authorities written approval to use Tony Macaroni restaurants for our pre-match meals.
“The Tony Macaroni restaurants are closed and we have the use of the full restaurant to comply with social distancing measures. And we were assured that all restaurants were sanitised deeply pre and post use” the club said.
Livingston also disclosed that they informed the SFA about the trip to the restaurant. They had been given the go-ahead to attend the venue. However, that won’t be happening anymore, as the rules have now changed. Clubs will not be able to go to hotels for a pre-match meal.
“Authorities were fully aware”
“Thus meaning, all relevant authorities were fully aware of the club using a Tony Macaroni restaurant’s for our pre-match meals.
“Today, we received an update from the SFA/JRG stating that this will no longer be possible. This new guidance will prevent all clubs from using restaurants and hotels for pre-match meals. Unless staying overnight, where they would class as residents.
“We are sure this new guidance will come as quite the shock to a number of football clubs who have been utilising hotels for pre-match meals” the statement disclosed.
Livingston ended the statement by declaring that they would welcome any investigation into the alleged breach of protocol.