Connolly given suspended ban for breaking coronavirus rules

The Dundee United player was called to account after reports of refusing to wear a mask.

Connolly given suspended ban for breaking coronavirus rules SNS

Dundee United defender Mark Connolly has been given a suspended ban after breaking strict rules over coronavirus prevention.

Newspaper reports earlier this month said Connolly had been involved in an argument with a taxi driver after a night out, when he refused to wear a face covering.

United launched an internal investigation at the time and the Scottish FA charged the player with failing to follow the Covid-19 regulations, and with bringing the game into disrepute.

Players are required to follow all public health guidelines as part of the return to play protocols.

At a disciplinary hearing on Thursday, Connolly was banned for two games after an independent panel agreed he had broken the rules. However, the suspension will only come into effect if the player breaks the same rule this season.

Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli and eight Aberdeen players, were banned earlier this season for breaking the same rules.