Some fans have their say after Scottish FA statement

By John McGinley

March 23, 2020

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.

What’s next for Scottish football? / (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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…