Darren Bent insists that Boli Bolingoli’s punishment for breaching lockdown rules at Celtic is “more than adequate”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker admits that the Hoops star has shot down the suggestion that the Hoops star should be sacked but insists it is “not a good look north of the border”.
In a statement issued by the Scottish FA, it was confirmed that the 25-year-old has been banned for five games, two of which are suspended, for failing to follow rules and bringing the game into disrepute.
The charge comes after the left-back travelled to Spain without informing the club and returned to the squad without undertaking the required period of self-isolation.
Bent believes a ban is a suitable punishment for the defender and agrees that he did besmirch the Scottish game.
Asked if the punishment was fair, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a scary situation with Scottish football at the minute, the whole Covid-19 situation, people breaking lockdown, Bolingoli being handed a three-game ban, with two games suspended.
“It’s not a good look north of the border at the minute, it’s a bit of a killer. I heard some people talking about sacking him and all that, I was like no, you can’t do that, he’s made a mistake. We’ve seen people down here make a mistake and there’s been no talk of sackings.
“I think a three-game suspension and two games suspended, I think there’s more than adequate and hopefully he learns from it.
“He’s made a mistake, he’s endangered the health of his teammates and the people closest to him so yeah, it’s definitely an adequate punishment.”
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