League 1 & 2 clubs unite to find "a route to playing again"

In what is being described as “a historic first” all 20 SPFL League 1 and 2 clubs have joined force to agree on a way to get back playing football as soon as possible.

By Martyn Simpson
Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 10:32 am
It is understood that both Falkirk and Stenhousmuir have agreed on the plan along with the other 18 SPFL League 1 and League 2 clubs
It is understood that both Falkirk and Stenhousmuir have agreed on the plan along with the other 18 SPFL League 1 and League 2 clubs

A document, agreed on by all 20 clubs including Falkirk and Stenhousemuir, is being called “A route to playing again” and presents a way to restart and safely conclude their 2020/21 season, which was paused on January 11 due to concerns about travel-related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Explaining the rationale behind the document, which has gone to the Scottish FA, a spokesman for the clubs said: “We are all aware of the ongoing impact of the pandemic on everyone’s lives.

"We take our responsibilities to our staff and players seriously and that’s why we have complied with all that has been asked of us to date.

“However, we have used the pause in playing to look at what more we can do to create a route to us playing again in a way that reassures the football authorities and the Scottish Government.

"We know that football can be a force for good and that our games allow our fans to have one familiar activity available to them at a difficult time but we also recognise that we need to do more if we want to restart and this proposal lays out what that might look like including the introduction of PCR testing.

“We understand the difficult position the Scottish FA found itself in when it suspended our leagues but there will have to be a decision made about when we restart. So we wanted to support and assist in the decision-making process.

"This document shows that, in coming together with common purpose, 20 clubs are committed to this process and hope that the SFA will treat this proposal with the consideration it deserves.”