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Rangers players investigated after breaking coronavirus rules at party

Rangers have launched an internal investigation in response to allegations that several players broke coronavirus rules by attending a house party over the weekend.

The gathering was broken up by police, while 10 people were fined for breaking regulations.

In a statement, the club said: ‘Rangers are aware of an alleged incident which is subject to an internal investigation. We will make no further comment.’

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We received a report of a gathering at a property in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow, around 1.10am on Sunday, 14 February. Officers attended and those in attendance left.

‘Ten people were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations.’

According to The Athletic, Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson were two of the players involved in the incident but at least four members of Steven Gerrard’s squad are being investigated.

In November, handed seven-game bans by the SFA and given a two-week suspension by Rangers after they had attended a party.

Speaking about the latest incident at Rangers, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘I don’t care what club it is that’s breaching the rules, if you’re breaching the rules you’re in the wrong. It is really frustrating.

‘It’s really unfair to the vast majority of people in the country who don’t have the privileges that elite sportspeople have right now.

‘The vast majority are not [breaking rules] but when a small number do then people think, ‘why am I bothering?’

‘Can I say to football and sport, generally, please make sure your house is in order because it shouldn’t take me standing here to say to highly paid footballers that you’ve got to obey the rules.’

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