Tonight, CELTIC hit back at the Scottish Government – announcing that back in early November, Holyrood had authorised their warm weather training trip to Dubai.
A Scottish Government statement today called on the SFA to “investigate” the trip of the Parkhead club to the United Arab Emirates after putting the nation in complete lockdown during the Covid 19 pandemic.
And they warned that, if they thought professional sports teams were exploiting them, travel exemptions for international and European competitions could be cancelled.
The four-time triple champions, however, stressed that the go-ahead for the trip on November 12 had already been provided by both the SFA and SPFL, as well as Holyrood.
The training camp was organized several months ago and approved by all relevant soccer authorities and the Scottish Government via the Joint Response Group on 12 November 2020, read a statement from Celtic.
“Before the new ban, the team traveled to a position exempted from travel restrictions. The camp, the same one that we have been running for a number of years, underwent a total risk assessment.
“If the club had not received approval from the Scottish government, we would not have traveled.”