Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hopes the SFA will show leniency today towards the eight players who breached lockdown protocol.
The eight players – Matty Kennedy, Jonny Hayes, Scott McKenna, Sam Cosgrove, Craig Bryson, Bruce Anderson, Mikey Devlin and Dylan McGeouch – will learn what punishment, if any, they will face today.
McInnes, who watched four of the eight impress as the Dons thrashed NSi Runavik 6-0 in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, believes his players have been punished enough following their breach on August 1 and hopes that is reflected in the SFA’s decision today.
He said: “We don’t know how it’s going to go, if they want to keep punishing my players then so be it, we will have to take it.
“They have been dragged through the mud, kicked from pillar to post and have been fined by the club
and haven’t been in a good place for the last few weeks.
“It was good seeing them out there doing what they are good at and there is no doubt my players have been punished enough in my eyes.
“A lot of Scotland have let their guard down and my players were guilty of naivety rather than thinking they were above any rules.
“The whole of Scottish football took a check when the saw what my players were getting pulled up for – every club in Scotland has not been squeaky clean.
“My players took a hit, they have been punished, they were fined and it was a high level of money as well – not just a slap on the wrist. If people want to keep punishing them then so be it, we will deal with it.
“We have had to face a lot of things in the last few weeks, we’ve had injuries, suspensions and all the nonsense that has been going on.
“And the embarrassment of that but if there is any more punishment to come we will deal with it.”
The impending punishment has been hanging over the club for the past two weeks but McInnes was pleased to see his side rack up a third straight win last night.
Ryan Hedges came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the second half while Lewis Ferguson, Hayes and Curtis Main were also on the scoresheet as McInnes celebrated the biggest European win of his Dons career.
The Aberdeen manager said: “I think it was a very good game for us and the players needed reminded they were good players.
“Any time you rack up that amount of goals at home and get a clean sheet it’s a pleasing night’s work.”