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Health officials concerned about Dundee Utd squad photo impact on Covid outbreak

Tannadice Park Stadium – Home of Dundee United
(Image credit: Jane Barlow)

A Dundee United squad photo ahead of their coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns with public health officials.

A  traditional squad photo shoot has emerged in the media after three non-playing members of staff tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

The entire United first-team coaching staff and nine players were instructed to self-isolate with academy coach Thomas Courts taking charge for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership encounter at Livingston.

Micky Mellon and his coaching staff are self-isolating

Micky Mellon and his coaching staff are self-isolating (Steve Welsh/PA)

The photograph features 49 people and was reported to have been taken on November 27.

Scotland’s national clinical director, Jason Leitch, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball programme: “We now know that some people in that photograph were positive.

“So they were in their infectious period when that photograph was taken. That’s the problem, that’s a risk for them, for those around them, for their families.

“The outcome is up to the football authorities.

“I was, to say the least, a little surprised to see 49 people in a non-distanced club photograph.

“That didn’t seem to me to be an essential part of the return of Scottish football in a safe and considered way. It’s not something that fits in with the guidelines.”

Celtic could also face questions after footage of a similar squad photo being taken at their Lennoxtown training base last month was highlighted.