Suspension of amateur football update

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Scottish football will continue to play its part in assisting the Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 across the country.

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The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has said the Scottish Government has been unable to give them a timeline of when affected leagues can return to the pitch.

A spokesperson for the SFA said: ‘In recent weeks, the SFA has engaged extensively with the Scottish Amateur FA, Scottish Youth FA, clubs and leagues – all of which have been affected by the suspension of  football across the various sectors due to Covid – to discuss tailored return-to-playing plans for implementation when it is considered safe and appropriate to resume.

‘The Scottish FA has also been in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government to ensure their input into and ultimately approval of those proposed plans.

‘Regrettably, the government has confirmed again that due to the current restrictions in place across the country, they cannot currently commit to return dates for those affected leagues in the coming weeks.

‘The Scottish FA will continue to speak to all parties in the meantime and will provide a further update by March 1. This date should not be seen as a proposed restart date, however it should help provide some clarity to affected clubs to aid their planning over the short term.

‘Whilst this is disappointing news, Scottish football will continue to play its part in assisting the Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce the prevalence of Covid-19 across the country.’