St Mirren & Kilmarnock given 3-0 defeats & £40,000 fines for Covid-19 breaches

St Mirren against Kilmarnock
St Mirren and Kilmarnock both admitted to social distancing breaches

Motherwell have been awarded two 3-0 Scottish Premiership wins and Hamilton Academical one after Covid-19 rule breaches by St Mirren and Kilmarnock.

Both admitted the violations and have been fined £40,000, suspended until 30 June, after an SPFL tribunal.

St Mirren and Kilmarnock infringed social distancing rules on buses and at meals, and players from the former also shared cars to and from training.

Both clubs said they are “disappointed” and are reviewing their position.

In a later statement, Kilmarnock described themselves as “so aggrieved” and called on the football authorities to update the guidance which has been in place since June.

The Ayrshire club said they feel they have been “subjected to sanctions-based approach, which has proved costly, time consuming and caused considerable stress”.

They added: “Football is not immune to the pandemic and while we have to accept that while the risks can be minimised, there are occasions where transmission will occur without anyone being at fault.”

St Mirren, meanwhile, insist they “operated honestly throughout the whole process”.

The Paisley club’s 17 October match at Motherwell and their meeting with Hamilton a week later – both of which were postponed – have been decreed as 3-0 wins for their opponents.

So has Motherwell’s 2 October game with Kilmarnock, which was also called off.

It means the Fir Park side move up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership, leapfrogging Kilmarnock, while bottom club Hamilton are now only behind St Mirren on goal difference.

An SPFL spokesman said they “commend both clubs for the measures recently put in place” to avoid a repeat of those postponements.

Scottish Premiership table after 3-0 scorelines were awarded
Scottish Premiership table after 3-0 scorelines were awarded

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