Celtic won't face Scottish FA probe after Nicola Sturgeon questions Dubai trip

The Scottish FA will not investigate Celtic’s decision to travel to Dubai for a winter training camp.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had called on the governing body to look into the trip.

Celtic organised the trip in November and requested their match with Hibernian be moved to Monday, January 11.

The request was approved by the SPFL board despite protests from Hibs.

The Scottish Government confirmed on Monday it had asked the SFA to investigate Celtic’s trip to Dubai.

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“We would expect the SFA to look into Celtic’s trip further – while there are travel exemptions for elite sports which are designed to facilitate international and European competition, if we feel they’re being abused, we won’t hesitate to remove this privilege,” read a statement.

Celtic responded with a tweet, which read: “The training camp was arranged a number of months ago & approved by all relevant footballing authorities & @scotgov through the Joint Response Group on 12th November 2020.

“The team travelled prior to any new lockdown being in place, to a location exempt from travel restrictions. The camp, the same one as we have undertaken for a number of years has been fully risk assessed.

“If the club had not received Scottish Government approval then we would not have travelled.”

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