Holyrood asks SFA to investigate the Celtic trip to Dubai and advises against the misuse of exemptions from travel in top-level sports.

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Tonight, the Scottish Government called on the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to investigate Celtic’s trip to Dubai, threatening that if they are violated by elite sports teams, they might scrap exemptions for travel to European and international competitions.

For next Monday, the Parkhead club rescheduled its SPFL Premiership match against Hibernian and traveled to the United Arab Emirates for a warm-weather training visit this week.

After Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Ibrox, the four-time triple champions, who fell 19 points behind Rangers in the league, flew out of the country on the weekend.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Scotland would be put under full lockdown from midnight tonight until February.

The SFA has been asked by Holyrood to examine the authenticity of the Celtic tour.

“We would expect the SFA to look more closely at Celtic’s travel – while there are travel exemptions for elite sport designed to facilitate international and European competitions, if we feel they are being abused, we will not hesitate to remove that privilege.”We would expect the SFA to look more closely at the travel of Celtic – while there are travel exemptions for elite sports designed to facilitate international and European competitions, we will not hesitate to remove that privilege if we feel they are being exploited.

Today, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said Celtic’s trip to Dubai was not “particularly good example.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he said, “They are going to be allowed back in, but in doing so, they’re going to have to follow all the rules.”

“Frankly, at this point, I don’t think it’s a good idea to do that. I don’t think this proposal is a strong one.

I don’t think it sets a very good example for individuals when we ask people to take on essential constraints on lifestyle.

“I think we all need to show leadership on this particular issue.”

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