Lower leagues suspended for 3 weeks by Scottish Football Association
The Scottish Football Association has postponed all football matches beneath the Scottish Championship for 3 weeks from now, after an announcement that Scotland would be entering a nationwide lockdown that would end on January 31st.
The Scottish Football Association claimed that their decision was made after turning to the Minister for Public Health Sport and Wellbeing for advice. This means that the suspension will start today, and will hopefully end towards the end of the month.
These leagues will be affected by the temporary suspension:
SPFL League One, SPFL League Two, North Caledonian League, Scottish Women’s Football Premier Leagues 1 & 2, East, West & South of Scotland Leagues, Highland League, Lowland League, as well as the Scottish Junior FA Leagues.
The Scottish Football Association released the following statement: “Following a meeting between the Scottish FA and the Minister for Public Health Sport and Wellbeing, both parties have agreed to impose a temporary suspension of all football beneath the Scottish Professional Football League Championship, encompassing all predominantly part-time tiers of the Scottish professional pyramid.”
“Based on the imperatives of acting in the best interests of public health and participant safety, whilst ensuring professional clubs’ survival, the SPFL Premiership will be exempt from the suspension, provided it continues to adhere to the stringent testing protocols. The SPFL Championship will also be able to continue provided it commences weekly PCR testing.”
This means that not all of the matches are set to be cancelled, which is amazing news for all football fans. On the other hand, since the national lockdown still under review, it is difficult to tell whether or not the Scottish Football Association will renew its suspension after January 31st.