SPFL brings forward Premiership winter break after Scotland announce 500-fan limit from Boxing Day | Football News

Scottish Premiership clubs will begin their three-week winter break following the Boxing Day round in light of new restrictions on sporting events in Scotland.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Tuesday that all outdoor events in the country will be limited to 500 spectators from December 26 for “up to three weeks”.

The original winter break was to begin on 3 January, with the clubs returning to Scottish Cup action from 21 to 23 January.

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Premiership matches postponed

The matches that should have been played on December 29 and January 2-3 have been postponed, including the derbies of Old Firm, Edinburgh and Dundee:

December 29th

  • Aberdeen vs Rangers
  • Celtic vs Hibernian
  • Dundee United vs St Mirren
  • Hearts vs St Johnstone
  • Livingston vs Dundee
  • Ross County vs Motherwell

January 2

  • Celtic vs Rangers
  • Dundee vs Dundee United
  • Livingston vs St Johnstone
  • Ross County vs Aberdeen
  • St Mirren versus Motherwell

January 3

“The winter break is for the fans”

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Motherwell CEO Alan Burrows Discusses Impact of Crowd Restrictions During Boxing Day Matches and Why the Club Wants to Bring the Winter Break up

Motherwell was one of the clubs in favor of an early winter break and CEO Alan Burrows explained why on Sky Sports News:

“From my point of view, it’s not necessarily just about finance in that short period of time.

“I think football is a spectator sport. It is a spectator sport, of course, and I think most people’s experiences during the block last year were not positive.

“I think football has suffered all over the world for this.

“If you look at Scotland as a percentage of vaccinated citizens, we are in a decent position and it continues to grow, so my view is that while we have a natural break in the calendar with the winter break, we should move forward to at least give ourselves a chance that those matches. are played in front of fans at some point along the line.

“If he can’t, and those rearranged games still have restrictions, then we just have to go ahead and play behind closed doors, and we accept that.

“I think what we have to do as a football community is to look at our fellow clubs who have also had a hard time this year.

“Aberdeen said they could lose half a million pounds if that [games with limited crowds of 500] Go on.

And I know there are other clubs that are expected to play against Rangers and Celtic in their home stadiums at that time and that could cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“So I think clubs that fight for each other in this situation and take care of each other collectively, I think it’s the best way for football to be.”

What are the new restrictions in Scotland?

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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces new spectator limits from Boxing Day – with outdoor events limited to 500, indoor events at 200 and indoor events at 100 for a minimum of three weeks

Sturgeon said all outdoor events in the country will be affected by the new restrictions that will limit attendance to 500 spectators from Boxing Day for three weeks.

Sturgeon revealed the new measures in parliament on Tuesday, which will also require physical distancing of one meter between those attending any outdoor events during that time.

This means that the Premiership match schedule on Boxing Day and December 29 will be affected, while the Old Firm clash at Celtic Park and the Dundee and Edinburgh derbies on January 2/3 will be played in nearly empty stadiums, as well as. is.

“No guarantee on restrictions”

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Health and Welfare Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf says the Scottish Government will financially support clubs and discuss decision to limit crowds to 500 matches by Boxing Day

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf was asked about the new restrictions that will come into effect in Scotland starting on Boxing Day and has promised to review crowd restrictions over the next three weeks.

“What I have learned over the past 20 months is that it is very difficult to give guarantees in the midst of a pandemic, especially when you are at the foot of a wave of a new variant,” said Yousaf.

“The prime minister has said ‘up to three weeks’ and we will review it regularly over those three weeks.

“But I can give you an absolute promise that the government is not pleased to carry out protective measures and we will not keep them in place for a minute longer than they should be.”

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