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Looking at the news IE Covid-19 and the latest stance from the Scottish Government on the continue lack of respect teams are paying 

this pandemic do we actually believe the South of Scotland league will start in October?

And also what happens when wave 2 comes and  local lock-down starts!!

 horrible feeling we might not see any prolonged football until a vaccine is found  

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On 11/08/2020 at 17:49, oldbeforetime said:

Looking at the news IE Covid-19 and the latest stance from the Scottish Government on the continue lack of respect teams are paying 

this pandemic do we actually believe the South of Scotland league will start in October?

And also what happens when wave 2 comes and  local lock-down starts!!

 horrible feeling we might not see any prolonged football until a vaccine is found  

Gutted!!  Seems the SG has cancelled all training for adults until 28th Aug at the earliest 

https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/coronavirus-joint-response-group-update-13-august/?rid=14258

Think the league should maybe think about taken a year out

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29 minutes ago, oldbeforetime said:

Gutted!!  Seems the SG has cancelled all training for adults until 28th Aug at the earliest 

https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/coronavirus-joint-response-group-update-13-august/?rid=14258

Think the league should maybe think about taken a year out

Not all clubs cancelled their training tonight...

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45 minutes ago, Hossy87 said:

Not all clubs cancelled their training tonight...

Please tell me you are joking?????? if any club is found to be training after the announcement today and after the cluster in Aberdeen they deserve to lose all privileges they receive!!! saying that instead of speculating how about you mention said clubs??  

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News of some progress from south of the Border:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53817206

BBC Sport 18th August, 2020   By Laura Scott

Fans will be allowed to attend football in the seventh tier and below, after the government updated its guidance on recreational team sport events.

Clubs in the leagues below National League North and South will be able to open their gates to spectators for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The decision means a distinction has been drawn between the return of fans to recreational sport and elite sport, where pilots are required before an intended expansion from 1 October.

It comes after more than 30 MPs wrote to sports minister Nigel Huddleston calling for the "urgent return of fans to non-league clubs".

The letter, which was coordinated by former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Dame Cheryl Gillan, warned that clubs "at the heart of our constituencies" could be "lost forever" if an exemption is not granted.

BBC Sport can reveal that the government's return to recreational team sport framework was updated on Tuesday afternoon to draw up protocols for allowing spectators in.

Fans will need to abide by social distancing rules, and spectator groups must be restricted to "discrete six-person gathering limits".

Meanwhile, organisers of events that are likely to attract a crowd will need to put forward a "named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 secure".

They would also need to publish a risk assessment limiting the number of spectators, and assist with the NHS Test and Trace scheme by collecting information from spectators.

The MPs who signed the letter had said that non-league clubs "tend to be supported by those within the town itself" and that average crowds are "in the hundreds".

BBC Sport understands that the Football Association defines elite football as being everything from the Premier League down to National League North and South, which explains why the new rules apply to step three and below.

A campaign using the slogan "#LetFansIn" has gained significant traction among non-league clubs in recent days, while two petitions supporting the cause have received more than 6,000 signatures.

Crouch posted on Twitter: "Football has many wonderful layers but non-league is often at its heart and soul. With fewer fans it's easier to make clubs Covid secure but without them coming back soon their future is shaky so we've written to Sports Minister calling for non-league clubs to #LetFansIn."

She later told the BBC that not allowing fans to attend non-league football "makes no sense".

An FA spokesperson said: "We continue to follow government advice with regards to the return of spectators and are working continuously with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, DCMS and Leagues to seek approval for a safe return as soon as feasibly possible."

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2 hours ago, Dev said:

News of some progress from south of the Border:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53817206

BBC Sport 18th August, 2020   By Laura Scott

Fans will be allowed to attend football in the seventh tier and below, after the government updated its guidance on recreational team sport events.

Clubs in the leagues below National League North and South will be able to open their gates to spectators for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The decision means a distinction has been drawn between the return of fans to recreational sport and elite sport, where pilots are required before an intended expansion from 1 October.

It comes after more than 30 MPs wrote to sports minister Nigel Huddleston calling for the "urgent return of fans to non-league clubs".

The letter, which was coordinated by former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Dame Cheryl Gillan, warned that clubs "at the heart of our constituencies" could be "lost forever" if an exemption is not granted.

BBC Sport can reveal that the government's return to recreational team sport framework was updated on Tuesday afternoon to draw up protocols for allowing spectators in.

Fans will need to abide by social distancing rules, and spectator groups must be restricted to "discrete six-person gathering limits".

Meanwhile, organisers of events that are likely to attract a crowd will need to put forward a "named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 secure".

They would also need to publish a risk assessment limiting the number of spectators, and assist with the NHS Test and Trace scheme by collecting information from spectators.

The MPs who signed the letter had said that non-league clubs "tend to be supported by those within the town itself" and that average crowds are "in the hundreds".

BBC Sport understands that the Football Association defines elite football as being everything from the Premier League down to National League North and South, which explains why the new rules apply to step three and below.

A campaign using the slogan "#LetFansIn" has gained significant traction among non-league clubs in recent days, while two petitions supporting the cause have received more than 6,000 signatures.

Crouch posted on Twitter: "Football has many wonderful layers but non-league is often at its heart and soul. With fewer fans it's easier to make clubs Covid secure but without them coming back soon their future is shaky so we've written to Sports Minister calling for non-league clubs to #LetFansIn."

She later told the BBC that not allowing fans to attend non-league football "makes no sense".

An FA spokesperson said: "We continue to follow government advice with regards to the return of spectators and are working continuously with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, DCMS and Leagues to seek approval for a safe return as soon as feasibly possible."

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My God!! well thank god we are governed by the SNP North of the border. England allowed Liverpool's  game against Athletico Madrid just at the beginning of this pandemic, they then allowed a week long Ascot to go ahead, now they are inviting fans to return to sporting events before wave 2 potentially hits, take it good old Boris Johnson doesn't really care about his fellow English men.

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Were Rangers not allowed to play Leverkusen after Liverpool had played Athletico.....

My God!! well thank god we are governed by the SNP North of the border. England allowed Liverpool's  game against Athletico Madrid just at the beginning of this pandemic, they then allowed a week long Ascot to go ahead, now they are inviting fans to return to sporting events before wave 2 potentially hits, take it good old Boris Johnson doesn't really care about his fellow English men.
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23 minutes ago, andy25 said:


Were Rangers not allowed to play Leverkusen after Liverpool had played Athletico.....

Yes you are correct Andy, the only difference was Germany wasn't a hot spot at the time like Spain was!! Anyway i am shocked a man from Auchinleck  would be a supporter of the Union after what they did to the mining pits up your neck of the woods. 

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I dont support any political party.

Yes you are correct Andy, the only difference was Germany wasn't a hot spot at the time like Spain was!! Anyway i am shocked a man from Auchinleck  would be a supporter of the Union after what they did to the mining pits up your neck of the woods. 
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12 hours ago, oldbeforetime said:

My God!! well thank god we are governed by the SNP North of the border. England allowed Liverpool's  game against Athletico Madrid just at the beginning of this pandemic, they then allowed a week long Ascot to go ahead, now they are inviting fans to return to sporting events before wave 2 potentially hits, take it good old Boris Johnson doesn't really care about his fellow English men.

It's a tough situation for any politician, north or south of the border, isn't it?

However, if it's OK for pubs in Aberdeen AND elsewhere to be packed out with folk surely the small turn-outs in football below SPFL can be managed, including Scottish Cup ties? Apparently not though!

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