Motherwell and Hamilton 3-0 wins suspended after Kilmarnock and St Mirren appeal
The Scottish Premiership victories awarded to Hamilton Accies and Motherwell in the wake of Covid-19 regulation breaches by Kilmarnock and St Mirren have been suspended pending the outcome of appeals.
The Fir Park side were awarded 3-0 wins against Killie and the Buddies while Brian Rice’s side were given the points for a match against the Paisley outfit after a clutch of games were postponed during the month of October.
But the Rugby Park side and St Mirren have joined forces to protest the decision and now the punishments are on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.
The Scottish Premiership table has now been adjusted to reflect the suspension of the 3-0 victories, with Motherwell slipping to tenth in the standings and Hamilton just one point off bottom side Ross County.
St Mirren and Kilmarnock both admitted breaching stringent coronavirus guidelines concerning social distancing rules on team buses and at meals, while players from Jim Goodwin’s side are understood to have shared cars to and from training sessions.
Both clubs admitted the breaches and were fined £40,000 with the financial punishment suspended until June 30 2021.
The Scottish FA is now set to hear the clubs' appeals against the decision made by a sub-committee of the SPFL on January 14 2021.
An SPFL spokesperson confirmed that the table would be updated “pending the outcome of the appeals process”.
The news means that, depending on results today, Motherwell could end the day bottom of the Scottish top flight having sdtarted it in sixth place, two points off fifth.