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Aberdeen’s positive test result puts SPFL leadership in the spotlight

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An Aberdeen player has returned a positive test as the city returns to Lockdown status.

Saturday in the city centre seemed to bring a halt to social distancing with worrying images shared on social media.

At the start of this week a spike in results came through with test and trace procedures identifying a number of pubs at the centre of the outbreak.

On Wednesday pubs were closed at 5pm as the city returned to Lockdown although Derek McInnes’ side continued to train ahead of Saturday’s televised match away to St Johnstone.

At lunchtime today news broke from Pittodrie with The Sun reporting:

While Saturday’s McDiarmid Park meeting between the Dons and St Johnstone had been given the green light, such plans were contingent on there not being a rash of fresh cases amongst the Pittodrie squad.

The player has been said to be self-isolating after receiving the test result and it is understood no other player has tested positive. Another Dons player tested positive last month before recording a negative result.

After their scheduled meeting with St Johnstone on Saturday, Aberdeen are due in Glasgow to take on Celtic next weekend, with a home match against Hamilton sandwiched in between.

On Tuesday UEFA issued strict guidelines on how they will deal with Europa League and Champions League matches. Clubs will be expected to fulfil fixtures or they will have to forfeit results.

It is unlikely that the SPFL will have any similar rules with fixtures likely to be postponed and rescheduled.

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