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DRAMATIC U-TURN: DONS GAME OFF

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ABERDEEN’S Premiership game with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park tomorrow afternoon is OFF!

Earlier today, the match was still on, but a dramatic change of mind has seen the meeting postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic spike in the North East city, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon re-imposed a localised lockdown on Aberdeen earlier this week due to an alarming rise in cases in the area and the decision has been taken after discussions between the SFA, SPFL and sports minister Joe FitzPatrick this morning that the game should not go ahead.

Two Dons players recorded positive tests for coronavirus, with another six first-team stars forced to self-isolate.

With eight of his squad unavailable, it’s bad news for boss Derek McInnes, whose side are also scheduled to face a midweek home league match against Hamilton Accies and a visit to Glasgow to take on Celtic next weekend.

Chairman Dave Cormack pleaded for patience among the club’s fans as he launched a thorough investigation into the affair.

The match, scheduled for a 12.30pm start in Perth, had been set to go ahead, but now, after discussions between the government and the SFA and the SPFL, the match has been postponed.

It comes after a local lockdown was imposed on the city of Aberdeen on Wednesday following a cluster of cases linked to pubs which has now reached 79.

A spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government is disappointed by the actions of these individuals who have put at risk the return of professional football in Scotland.

“This was a clear breach of the rules that were put in place by the SFA, the SPFL and the Scottish Government.”

They hit out after it emerged a group of players partied in a pub on Saturday night against strict SFA Covid-19 rules.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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