March 13, 2020
All football in Scotland has been suspended until further notice.
The decision taken by the SFA / SPFL Joint Response Group comes in response to government advice in respect of the coronavirus outbreak, and means that Airdrie's match against Forfar Athletic will NOT take place tomorrow. As always, we will keep supporters updated with the latest information as we have it.
A statement from the Joint Response Group read as follows:
THE JOINT RESPONSE GROUP CAN CONFIRM THE DECISION OF THE SCOTTISH FA BOARD TO SUSPEND ALL DOMESTIC PROFESSIONAL AND GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SCOTTISH FA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
As a result, the SPFL has announced the postponement of this weekend’s and following midweek’s fixtures, starting with tonight’s Premiership match between Motherwell and Aberdeen and the Championship match between Queen of the South and Ayr United. The Scottish FA and SPFL will continue to liaise with governments and UEFA in relation to domestic, European and International fixtures in the coming days and more information will be communicated at the appropriate time. The Scottish FA Board made its decision in the interests of the health and safety of players, match officials, staff, supporters and the general public.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “Since the guidance outlined by governments last night we have been engaged in extensive dialogue to clarify the position and implications of that guidance for Scottish football.
“Today’s announcement is made in the interests of public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, and staff across the game. This is of paramount importance as the country enters the ‘delay’ phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is also why the Scottish FA is compelled to ensure that the suspension is cascaded through the non-professional and grassroots games until further notice.”
Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “As everyone knows, this is a fast-moving and unprecedented situation for the entire country.
“We have been in intensive and detailed discussions since last night and have also been taking on board the experience of our counterparts in England and across Europe. As a result, the board of the SPFL has agreed this morning that all league fixtures this weekend and next midweek will be postponed until further notice.
“The health and safety of fans, players and officials is absolutely paramount. We have not yet had any confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst players in Scotland, but, given the nature of this outbreak, it seems only a matter of time.
“We realise that many people will be bitterly disappointed, and we would obviously prefer to be in a position where we can continue as normal, but that’s neither realistic nor possible.”
Airdrieonians Director of Football Stuart Millar added the following statement on behalf of the club:
"As a club we are naturally disappointed that no football will take place in the near future, but we totally understand why the SFA have taken this decision, which in my opinion is 100% correct bearing in mind the wellbeing of all parties involved.
"Personally i wouldn’t want games played behind closed doors as the game is all about the fans.
"Financially as a club we will need to deal with the situation but it is far from ideal and ultimately might have an effect on next season’s budget. At this moment the health of the public is of far greater importance than what may or may not happen in the future."