SFSA Statement – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date: 14th March 2020

SFSA Statement – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Yesterday, the SFA and SPFL announced in a joint statement, that all professional and grassroots football under SFA jurisdiction is to be suspended with immediate effect as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This includes matches from all 4 SPFL divisions and the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-finals.

 

Like all supporters, we are incredibly disappointed that this measure has had to be taken. However, some things are more important than football and the freeing up of our ambulance and police services for the protection of life is clearly of greater priority.

 

Scottish Premiership clubs on average rely on gate receipts for 43% of their annual revenue, with this figure increasing the further down the divisions you look. If anything, this highlights the importance of the ordinary supporter to the survival of our clubs.

 

With the suspension of matches, clubs will therefore lose a significant portion of the income on which they so heavily depend. This will undoubtedly cause great financial strain on many of our clubs.

 

The contribution that our clubs make to our local communities cannot be underestimated, with even smaller clubs such as Spartans contributing over £5.2m per year to their surrounding area through social, health and economic benefits.

 

Given our importance to the clubs we support, and their importance in our communities, it is vital that in the testing times to come we stand together and work to protect our clubs in any way we can.

 

The SFSA will continue to work with the Scottish Government, supporters groups, clubs and governing bodies to ensure that everything possible is being done to support the whole of Scottish football.


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