Rangers failed in their appeal against the suspensions handed to five players for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. So, April 22nd saw five Rangers players suspended.
Players’ Party Violated the Lockdown Rule
First-team players Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu and loaned-out pair Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude violated the lockdown protocol.
A party they attended in February was broken up by police for being in clear violation of self-isolation and curfew rules.
The group were fined by the club. The Rangers then opened dialogue with the Scottish Football Association and Scottish government about the incident.
Five Rangers Players Suspended
Now, all five players must serve immediate four-game suspensions.
The Scottish FA decided to suspend the offenders after a disciplinary hearing in March.
A disciplinary panel of SFA thus handed six-game bans to the five players initially. And those punishments still stand, with two of those matches suspended.
This is because the club appealed to the FA to clear all its players of the violation charges. However, now, the disciplinary panel denied their appeal and decided to go ahead with their punishment.
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Bassey, Patterson has been playing at right-back in place of injured captain James Tavernier.
Meanwhile, Mebude is a loanee at Queen of the South. On the other hand, Amiens player Zungu is on loan this season for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Both Patterson and Zungu have played since returning from a period of isolation following the breach.
Finally, goalkeeper Kinnear is a youth player for Rangers.
Earlier this season, Rangers duo Jordan Jones and George Edmundson also faced a banned by the club. They also suffered suspension for two weeks for attending an illegal house party.