Scotland’s first minister has urged football to “make sure your house is in order” as Rangers open an internal investigation after a weekend party was broken up by police.
Due to the lockdown restrictions on Covid-19, indoor mixing is not allowed in Scotland under normal circumstances.
The Rangers said they were “aware of an alleged incident” and would “make no further comments” while conducting an investigation.
Nicola Sturgeon said violations were “really unfair” to “the vast majority”.
A Police Scotland spokesman said Sunday: “We received a report on a meeting on a property on Hayburn Lane in Glasgow at around 1:10 am on Sunday, February 14th.
“The officers were present and those present have left. Ten people have been charged with criminal charges for violating the coronavirus regulations.”
It’s not clear if Rangers players were at the party or if they were among those fined.
The Prime Minister said she did not have all the information about the Rangers investigation but said, “I don’t care which club is breaking the rules, if you break the rules you are wrong. It really is that frustrating.
“It’s really unfair to the vast majority of people in the country who don’t have the privileges that top athletes currently have. The vast majority aren’t, but when a small number do, people think, ‘Why am I bothering you?’
“On football and sports in general, can I say please make sure your house is fine because I shouldn’t be standing here telling highly paid footballers to obey the rules.”
The Rangers investigation comes two months after Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were handed two-week club suspensions for violating Covid protocols by attending an illegal house party.
Northern Irish winger Jones and English defender Edmundson were subsequently suspended from the Scottish Association for seven games. Both were loaned to English clubs in January, Jones to Sunderland and Edmundson to Derby County.