POLICE SCOTLAND have intervened to issue Boli Bolingoli with a fixed penalty fine of £480 for breaching the quarantine rules following his clandestine return trip to Spain last Monday. The police have also reminded the Celtic player of the strict guidelines in place.
“A 25-year-old man has today been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for breaching quarantine regulations” Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs stated. “The Chief Constable has made it consistently clear that we should all take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“Throughout the response to the pandemic, the majority of the public followed the law and Scottish Government advice and it’s really important that we all continue to do so.
“Our officers will continue to explain the legislation and guidance but, for the minority who may choose to breach the regulations and risk the health of others, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action where appropriate.”
Please find Police Scotland’s statement below in response to recent reports that a footballer breached quarantine regulations when returning from Spain. pic.twitter.com/NpF5GqJOxv
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) August 11, 2020
The £480 fine is only the start of the financial fall-out that the Belgian will incur, with Celtic set to fine him heavily and the the maximum sum permitted while the chances of him ever playing for the club again are almost nil. One theory doing the rounds is that Bolingoli was travelling to Spain to discuss a move away from Celtic Park, where he has been far from impressive since his £3million move last July from Rapid Vienna.
Neil Lennon admitted that he knew nothing about his motivation for making the trip last week but did call on any club who met Bolingoli to come forward and make their involvement know for tracing and testing purposes. Lennon also confirmed at today’s Media Conference that if the defender did travel to Spain to meet another club without permission from Celtic then he’d be in even more trouble.
Pretty hard to imagine that being possible.