Hampden insider says government talks to happen 'in near future'; warns of 'very real danger'

By John McGinley

April 22, 2020

An SPFL source has been speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail on the prospect of negotiations with the Scottish Government about what might happen next with regards to football in the country.

The Scottish FA have suspended the game at all levels until at least mid-June at the moment, whether that be matches or even training in a group setting.

Public health has, rightly, been prioritised over football.

However, it has left clubs in a precarious position and a league source has said that the industry suffering irrevocable damage here is a possibility.

It means that football authorities and the government will be getting around the table soon to forge a path forward.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail, the paper’s source said: “There will be discussions with the Government in the near future. It’s a question of how do we work together to make sure we do not kill the industry. That is the very real danger here.

“We need some guidance on how it would work and what is acceptable. We need certainty and, at the moment, the government may not be in a position to give us the certainty we need.”

The comments come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cooled talk of football returning to our lives any time soon, even calling into question the viability of playing games behind closed doors.

It’s said SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster has requested meetings with David Hamilton, Strategic Football Lead for the Scottish Government, to try and bring some clarity to the situation.

In the Netherlands, the government has stepped in to ban all public events until September 1st, including Eredivisie matches played without a crowd.

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That’s a situation no-one wants to see happen in Scotland, of course, so hopefully there is some sort of path that can be navigated, obviously contingent on any return being safe enough for clubs and the general public.

Right now Celtic have stayed mostly silent on the suspension of football.

You’d have to think they are working away in the background figuring out the contingencies that need to be put in place while the authorities thrash out what needs to happen over the next six months.