Some Scottish football fans have been left fuming after the Scottish FA confirmed that some of their member clubs had continued to train in a group setting, against association and government advice.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, told the association’s official 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, this would unacceptable for a club of any size from Celtic right down to grassroots level and hopefully the unnamed outfits involved in such activities stop as soon as possible.
Stopping the spread of the ongoing health crisis is a national effort and everyone must take responsibility for that, even those who are young, fit and healthy.
Nobody likes the fact that football activities have been suspended, at every level. However, not following the government advice is putting others at risk.
Understandably Scottish football fans were left frustrated by what they’d heard had gone on, taking to Twitter this evening to share their thoughts on it all…
They should be fined and more https://t.co/h04ClyaRMp
— ScouseTims (@ScouseTims) March 23, 2020
Only way to stop them would be a points deduction.
— Give75s (@Give75s) March 23, 2020
Name and shame them
— Andrew h (@andrewh1812) March 23, 2020
That’s what happens when you don’t TELL clubs they can’t train. Previous advice from SFA was it was RECOMMENDED they don’t train together.
— Peasie Ocasio-Cortez (@Peasie1965) March 23, 2020
Name and shame the club’s undertaking training sessions…. https://t.co/Mcb6g04fHd
— Henrik’s Tongue (@henriktongue) March 23, 2020
There is no excuse for this at all. https://t.co/GrguQzbMLg
— Мichael Watson (@Watson2711) March 23, 2020
End the season declare champions & name & shame those clubs still training
— davy (@davy16027904) March 23, 2020
Name and shame. Our team of 5 year olds haven’t trained or played in a fortnight and it’s heartbreaking – but it’s the right thing to do. Can’t believe there’s teams out there that think the advice doesn’t apply to them
— Steven Watson (@steven_watson_1) March 23, 2020