Edinburgh City and East of Scotland league wait for restart news from Scottish Government

Fans awaiting a decision on the return of the SPFL and lower leagues have been left disappointed in the latest update from the Scottish Football Association.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 5:26 pm
Coronavirus safefty measures being carried out before the Betfred Cup match between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and East Fife on November 14, 2020 (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Coronavirus safefty measures being carried out before the Betfred Cup match between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and East Fife on November 14, 2020 (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Football below the top two mens’ divisions was placed in abeyance on January 12 with an upsurge of coronavirus cases across the country and a new strain of the virus traced.

Leagues including Edinburgh City’s League Two and the East of Scotland and Lowland Leagues plus amateur, junior and grassroots football was postponed – as was the Scottish Cup – with promises of reviews in February and then again on March 1.

Today’s meeting has provided no further update with SFA President Rod Petrie admitting the governing body is awaiting details from Holyrood for the game to kick-off again.

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He said: “We are grateful to all leagues, clubs and participants affected by the temporary suspension for their patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty. They have played their part in keeping the nation safe and restricting potential spread of the virus.

“I would also like to thank the representatives from those leagues and clubs, who have been proactive and collaborative in giving their input into safe and sustainable plans for a to return to competition.

“These plans have already been discussed with government officials. We look forward to hearing when and in what circumstances those leagues which have been suspended can return to training and, ultimately, to playing.”

City’s shortened season kicked off in October on a 27-match campaign but various call-offs have meant their League Two rivals Cowdenbeath and Albion Rovers have only managed EIGHT matches so far, two months from the intended end of the season.

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