Scotland’s top clubs have turned their anger on the SFA after their testing costs were doubled.
When clubs came back to training on June 11 players had to be tested twice a week, on July 10 testing was reduced to once a week.
On Wednesday the SFA allowed a match to go ahead at Murray Park with nine players that hadn’t returned negative test results over the previous seven days.
Despite all their bold statements the SFA have no sanctions or punishments for clubs that ignore the ‘guidelines’, now, to avoid intervention from the Scottish Government the SFA have ordered clubs back to testing twice a week.
Because of the actions of the Ibrox club and inability of the SFA clubs in the Premiership now have an additional bill to meet on the eve of the new season kicking-off.
The Sun reports:
TOP clubs were on a collision course with the SFA last night as the Testing fiasco plumbed new depths. SunSport can reveal several Premiership sides are seething that costly twice-weekly tests have been ordered by Hampden.
They feel the SFA has overreacted to a number of ‘false positive’ results at St Mirren and testing issues which hit Rangers, Motherwell and Hibs.
Some clubs also believe testing company Cignpost are taking longer than expected to return results — with one having waited five days for results.
A source told SunSport: “The guidance from Hampden was flawed and several clubs have pointed out it was wrong and too vague. Some clubs feel the company recommended for the tests is failing to deliver within the timescale the SFA wants.
“The SFA has worked hard to give clubs advice and help them find solutions during the testing period but a number of clubs are growing increasingly disillusioned with a lack of leadership when these new issues have arisen.”
The Joint Response Group haven’t made any comment on the untested players used at Murray Park. Two linesmen were refused entry to Murray Park because their testing was out of date.