Scottish football suspended until at least JUNE 10 due to coronavirus with all 42 SPFL clubs set to vote on whether to cancel football from the second tier down
- Scottish football will not return until June 10 at the very earliest
- There was a previous suspension on football in Scotland until April 30
- Scottish FA president Rod Petrie says the decision helps to protect the public
- Clubs will vote on whether to stop the second, third and fourth tiers on Friday
Coronavirus continues to affect UK Sport as football in Scotland has now been suspended until June 10 at the very earliest.
All football in Scotland was previously suspended until April 30 but the restart date has been pushed back even further due to public health concerns.
The league was originally suspended on March 13 on the same day as the Premier League and Football League suspensions in England.
There will be no professional football in Scotland until June 10 at the very earliest
Scottish FA Rod Petrie believes that the decision not only protects the public but also helps the clubs organise with their finance arrangements.
He said in a statement: ‘The message is very clear. The government restrictions introduced to save lives must be adhered to and there is no prospect of an early resumption of training let alone organised football in Scotland for several weeks.
‘The decision to suspend all football until at least 10 June is to help clubs ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters as well as take steps to mitigate their costs.
Scottish FA president Rod Petrie (above) says the decision had to be made for public safety
‘Scottish football applauds everyone working within NHS Scotland and the care sector and should place no additional burden at a time when their resources are being tested to the limit because of Covid-19.’
Thursday’s figures declared by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon showed that there were 4957 confirmed coronavirus cases in Scotland, with 447 deaths.
The suspension may not mean much for some teams come Friday evening, as the 42 SPFL clubs will vote on whether to end the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two seasons immediately.
The Scottish Premier League, which contains infamous Scottish clubs Rangers and Celtic, will not be called off early but would be decided via a points-per-game format should it be concluded early.
Celtic (left) and Rangers (right) are currently involved in a title race in the Scottish top-flight
Dundee United lead the Scottish Championship but their season may be called off early
However, no decision will be made on the SPL until UEFA’s executive meeting has taken place on April 23.
The ruling for the second, third and fourth tiers to be stopped immediately and decided on the points-per-game format needs approval from 10 out of the 12 Scottish Premier League teams, eight out of the 10 Championship Teams and 15 out of the 20 League One and Two teams in order to pass.
Premier League side Livingston, who lie in fifth place in the top-flight and are aiming for a place in European football next season, have already said they will vote for the cancellation of the lower tiers.
Premier League side Livingston (above) have voted for the bottom three tiers to be stopped
In the Premier League, reigning champions Celtic sit 13 points clear of Rangers, despite Steven Gerrard’s Gers having played one game fewer than Neil Lennon’s side.
If Celtic were to retain their title, it would be their ninth consecutive Scottish Premier League title in a row, and the 51st top-flight win in their history.
Meanwhile, in the Scottish Championship, Dundee United sit 14 points clear of second-placed Inverness at the top of the second-tier.