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Coronavirus - Joint Response Group Update

Thu, 12th Mar 2020 9:58pm

The Scottish Football Authorities have announced the following update in their approach to addressing the implications of the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the First Minister's comments regarding plans to restrict public gatherings from next week, we will enter discussions with the Scottish Government to understand the full detail of their plans and the implications for clubs and national sides.

For the avoidance of doubt, all SPFL games scheduled for this weekend will be proceeding as planned.

Of course, we ask all fans, players and officials to heed the clear instructions about self-isolation for seven days if they exhibit the symptoms of Coronavirus, and the vital necessity of good handwashing hygiene.

The Scottish FA has also been invited by UEFA to join a video conference call on Tuesday, at which its Executive Committee will discuss European football’s response to the outbreak with all 55 national associations and other key stakeholders.

This will enable the Scottish FA to provide clear and unequivocal advice ahead of the UEFA Nations League Play-Off semi-final against Israel on March 26th at Hampden Park.

Once we are in possession of a definitive action plan from the Scottish Government, we will communicate contingency plans as quickly and as accurately as possible to all our stakeholders.

The same applies to other Scottish FA fixtures likely to be affected by the implications of the 'delay' period advice, such as the remaining William Hill Scottish Cup fixtures, and qualifiers involving the Scotland Women's National Team and men's Under-21s.

Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster