Scottish Football Authorities form Coronavirus Response Group

SCOTTISH football authorities have today announced a joint approach to addressing the coronavirus outbreak, forming a response group involving both Ian Maxwell – the CEO at the Scottish FA and Neil Doncaster, the boss at the SPFL. Also part of the response group is the SFA’s Medical Consultant Dr John MacLean.

Below are the full details on this concerning situation which could result in fixture postponements in the coming weeks or months. Neil Doncaster had this to say about the situation:

“We are in regular dialogue with our counterparts in England and leagues in Europe to share news and best practice on what is clearly a serious and concerning situation.

“At the moment, there have been no indications that match schedules will be affected, but we are monitoring events closely and liasing with the Scottish Government to ensure we are as well prepared as possible.

Neil Doncaster

“Together with the Scottish FA, we will co-ordinate the game’s response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak in a responsible and planned manner. We will obviously update clubs and fans on any developments.”


Meanwhile Nil By Mouth have once again been accused of coming up short after failing to respond to the widely reported sectarian chanting by the Rangers fans on their way to and in Portugal for their Europa League match last Wednesday.

“I haven’t read any articles from Nil By Mouth condemning this or the anti-Catholic song sung – which mixes the coronavirus outbreak with bigotry – by Rangers fans on the flight to Braga last week.

“If you think this isn’t worthy of commenting on then what is the purpose of your organisation?” Martin Brennan_Sligo asks. Some of the replies…

“Someone needs to ask if NBM are worthy of Charity status.”

“They`re as useful as a chocolate teapot.”

“…it’s tumbleweed from them.”

“Nil by Mouth is very selective in its statements condemning sectarianism. It doesn’t want to upset the sensitive souls known as the peepul. A complete waste of space organisation which should be starved of funding.”

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