'Please stop it': Scottish FA release scolding statement after clubs ignore crucial guidance

By John McGinley

March 23, 2020

The Scottish FA have released a statement criticising clubs who have continued to train, despite the ongoing health crisis, against guidance from the football authority and health officials.

The Joint Response Group met again today to discuss issues ongoing within Scottish football, after conversations with Medical Consultant, Dr John MacLean.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said on the association’s website: “I would urge our members, and especially our Affiliated National Associations responsible for grassroots football, to ensure clubs observe social distancing guidance outlined by government.

“While many of the instances have been anecdotal, I have seen it for myself this weekend. Please stop it. I urge everyone involved in the game to do what we can to safeguard public health as best we can.

“The message from the First Minister, which was reiterated today, could not be clearer when she said ‘the advice that is being given to people is not to be seen as optional’. That applies to football as it does across society.”

Clearly any club still participating in training needs to urgently reconsider and start taking all of this far more seriously.

Right now no group should be gathering for any purpose.

That this appears to be happening right down to grassroots level is quite concerning given the government advice on social distancing.

Celtic will be back again / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director urges people to continue to take part in physical activity and exercise, according to the statement, but not in group settings.

It’s a difficult time right now for society and the absence of Celtic is certainly not great, but we know football and the Hoops will return one glorious day.

It’s important for everyone to follow all the official advice until then, stay safe and keep other more vulnerable people safe too.