Scottish football set to carry on despite new government lockdown
The Scottish football season will not be interrupted by the new lockdown restrictions imposed by the Scottish government.
All professional sports in Scotland are able to continue in line with coronavirus protocols previously agreed.
It means ongoing leagues and cup competitions at all levels of professional football in the country can carry on despite the measures announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which come into force at midnight on Monday.
There were fears among some clubs, notably those in the lower divisions operating with part-time players, that football might be suspended below Premiership level.
But the Joint Response Group of the Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League, set up last March when football was suspended as the country went into lockdown at the start of the coronavirus crisis, have received no such indication from the government.
The JRG and government advisors are understood to be content that the protocols surrounding regular Covid-19 testing and the safe staging of matches behind closed doors which have been in place since the start of this season remain sufficient for football to carry on this month, although the situation remains constantly under review.
Any suspension would place a major strain on the ability of the football authorities to complete the 2020-21 campaign on the pitch and avoid a repeat of last season’s curtailment which provoked so much controversy and rancour as final league placings were determined on a points-per-game basis.
The 42 SPFL have subsequently been unable to agree a format for how the outcome of the four divisions would be determined if they cannot be completed on the pitch this time.
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