Rangers: Jordan Jones and George Edmundson banned for seven games for Covid breaches

Rangers: Jordan Jones and George Edmundson banned for seven games for Covid breaches

Jordan Jones (left) and George Edmundson (right) attended a party after Rangers’ win at Kilmarnock

Rangers say they accept the seven-game bans handed to Jordan Jones and George Edmundson by the Scottish FA for Covid-19 related breaches.

Jones, 26, and Edmundson, 23, were charged by the SFA and suspended by Rangers pending an investigation.

The pair learned their punishment at an SFA hearing on Thursday.

Rangers say the length of the ban shows “the seriousness with which Covid protocol breaches will be dealt with”.

“Football is in a privileged position and we recognise the responsibility that we all must uphold within the national sport,” the club’s statementexternal-link added.

“The outcome of today’s hearing brings the standard and expectations set by the Scottish FA into sharp focus.”

Jones and Edmundson were found to have breached the SFA’s rules relating to Covid-19 protocols, as well as having acted against the interests of the sport.

Neither has featured regularly for Rangers this season, and both could face further punishment from the club, with managing director Stewart Robertson describing their actions as “totally unacceptable”.

They will not be available to play until the Premiership meeting with St Mirren on 30 December.

Through the club, both players apologised for their actions and vowed not to repeat their mistake.

Back in August, Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli was banned for three matches, with a further two suspended, for travelling to Spain without notifying the club before returning to play against Kilmarnock without quarantining.

Similarly, eight members of the Aberdeen squad were given a suspended three-game suspension for breaching lockdown rules by visiting a bar.

Aberdeen and Celtic were fined £30,000 for the conduct of their respective players.

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