Scottish government give support to Lyon as Ibrox as awaits

Scottish government give support to Lyon as Ibrox as awaits
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The Scottish government were last night under fire for apparently aiding Lyon in their battle v Rangers this week by inexplicably allowing three of their Covid-barred players flight into Scotland anyway, in what appears a flagrant violation of their own protocols in order to make the visiting team stronger.

Bruno Guimaraes, Lucas Paqueta and Tino Kada, three of the Ligue 1 giants’ key players, will not have to undergo quarantine on entrance to the UK despite being in a red-listed nation recently, and are fully available to feature on Thursday.

“After carefully considering the public health risk, we have agreed to allow the three Lyon players to travel to Scotland.”

As said by the government.

There is literally no reason given for this exemption, and indeed even their follow up statements fails entirely to explain exactly what facilitated this.

“International travel restrictions remain necessary to limit the importation of the virus and variants of concern. Red list countries pose the highest risk, which is why any exemptions have to be considered very carefully.”

Indeed, all the follow up comment does is explain why they shouldn’t have allowed any of these three into Scotland, going by their own rules.

And yet, they will come anyway.

We cannot help wondering if these players had been opponents of Celtic, would the government have come to the same outcome…

Think we all know the answer to that.

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  1. Be interesting to see if anyone is aware of any precedent for this. Indeed did our own Alfredo Morelos not have to quarantine for 10 days under such rules. Questions need to be asked. If not I’ll certainly be paying attention in the future when such occasions arise again.

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