Still no decision on lower league resumption as suspension drags on

The waiting game just goes on for our football clubs and their supporters.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 5:12 pm
Clubs below the Championship remain in limbo following Monday's update

Anticipation that a scheduled announcement by the Scottish FA on Monday afternoon would offer a pathway back for, at the very least, League One and League Two sides, was doused when no clarity was given for a resumption of the game below Championship level.

Clubs in tiers three and four, as well as the Scottish Women’s Football Premier Leagues 1 and 2, Highland League, Lowland League, East, West and South of Scotland Leagues, Scottish Junior FA Leagues and the North Caledonian League remain firmly on the sidelines.

The only detail of any substance in the update was confirmation that a series of discussions had taken place via-video conference with all leagues affected by the suspension.

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These have been held to establish the measures and protocols under which each might resume their competitions.

This information has been shared with the Scottish Government and, while it has been positively received, the SFA says it now awaits a final decision from ministers.

There had been hope in mid-February that League One and Two sides would be taking to the field again this weekend having resumed training last month.

That hope was dashed and, following the most recent update, there has to be genuine concern that all clubs below the Championship now face the real possibility their seasons will not be completed.

Rod Petrie, SFA president said: “We are grateful to all leagues, clubs and participants affected by the temporary suspension for their patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

"They have played their part in keeping the nation safe and restricting the potential spread of the virus.

“I would also like to thank the representatives from those leagues and clubs, who have been proactive and collaborative in giving their input into safe and sustainable plans for a to return to competition.

"These plans have already been discussed with government officials.

"We look forward to hearing when and in what circumstances those leagues which have been suspended can return to training and, ultimately, to playing.”