Football in Scotland

Whilst realising that football is just one of many competing businesses struggling at this time, it cannot be denied that watching professional football is popular for many in Scotland and a very important social pastime across much of the community.

The government should proactively work with the game to look for ways to assist football clubs in getting started again in a safe manner whether this is with or without crowds. This may involve grants or loans to clubs to help set up TV facilities to show games via streaming technologies whereby supporters could pay to watch their teams play.

If we don't do this, there is a very real chance that many clubs will go to the wall. Scottish football does not receive vast TV monies to help them through.

Why the contribution is important

Other countries are going to re-start their football with it being shown on TV. This means that many in Scotland will be able to watch, for example, English football and German football, and other sports possibly long before we can watch our own Scottish football.

We cannot use the reason that people may gather together to watch a game to prevent Scottish football from playing while at the same time hundreds of games from other countries are being shown live on TV. This is particularly a problem if such foreign games are only on pay TV platforms such as Sky, BT Sport, Amazon Prime, etc. This would encourage people to congregate together to watch on the one TV/subscription in homes and pubs. This is inconsistent in terms of health protection and just diverts money towards the game in other countries while continuing to starve Scottish football of revenue.

by BenNevis on May 06, 2020 at 10:01AM

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  • Posted by TonyFinn May 06, 2020 at 10:12

     Could say the same about all past times including concerts and theatre not just football
  • Posted by Jane May 06, 2020 at 10:41

    Support the proposal if it can be introduced safely - is without crowds.
  • Posted by Chicken May 06, 2020 at 10:41

    No. It saddens me to say but the return of football albeit behind closed doors in an empty stadium, is dangerous for the players. Tackling cannot be 2m apart unless footballers are going to have weekly tests for C19. Also, certain fixtures on a braw weather day is going to encourage socialising between households. That social distance will is bound to lax. At the moment we need to concentrate on the health of everybody. Sports fixtures are worrying and are far from priority.
  • Posted by Pinkucaro May 06, 2020 at 12:08

    Really not important in the grand scheme of things. Do not allow football to read-start before I am allowed to introduce my new daughter to her grandparents! Football is not a priority
  • Posted by garybw May 06, 2020 at 20:50

    Good for the nations mental health to get it back up and running
  • Posted by swand May 08, 2020 at 10:04

    1. Football games should only be played in front of home fans.
    2. Only fans with season tickets can be give access.
    3. Club's can only sell season tickets to a third of the grounds capacity.
    4. No tickets can be sold for a football game.
    5. Standing areas closed.
    6. Seats to be marked so the fans who can get in are kept at the correct social distance.
    All the above ideas are for the start the new season

    These ideas I feel will allow most club's get back to something normal, it will have an impact on the larger clubs like Rangers and Celtic however it better than so football.
  • Posted by Kjr9489 May 08, 2020 at 19:15

    Restarting football would be a massive benefit. Just before lockdown it was said that it was being cancelled because of pressure on emergency service. So did the science change?
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