Kilmarnock and St Mirren hit with forfeits for breaching Covid protocols

Kilmarnock and St Mirren have both been severely punished for breaching Covid-19 regulations with a trio of games being ruled as 3-0 defeats.

Both have also been hit with £40,000 fines suspended until next summer after an independent panel made their verdict despite both teams strenuously protesting their innoncence.

The league’s governing body launched a disciplinary probe into the Premiership pair with both teams stating their cases during an SPFL disciplinary hearing last month.

The clubs were hauled up after the Rugby Park side’s game with Motherwell was called off and the Buddies had a pair of fixtures scrapped due to a Covid outbreak at the Paisley club.

Kilmarnock ‘s game against Motherwell has now been ruled a 3-0 win to the Steelemen and St Mirren’s games against Stephen Robinson’s side and Hamilton have also been awarded as three points the opposition.

The forfeits have Motherwell up into fifth-place in the Premiership, leapfrogging Kilamarnock and Hamilton are on 11 points with St Mirren at the bottom but Brian Rice’s side remain 12th due to their inferior goal difference.

An SPFL statement read: “The Covid-19 Regulations put in place by the SPFL and the detailed protocols issued by the SPFL/Scottish FA Joint Response Group are intended to enable Season 2020/21 to continue with the minimum of disruption and the minimum risk for those players and coaching staff involved. Strict adherence to these Regulations and protocols is therefore crucially important in order for Season 20/21 to be completed as scheduled.

“We note the admission by each of Kilmarnock and St Mirren that they breached SPFL Regulations, and commend both clubs for the measures that their boards have recently put in place to avoid a repeat of the circumstances that led to the postponement of these matches in October.”

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