MIKE Mulraney, SFA’s vice president, has ruled out Holyrood giving the date specified for soccer to return to tomorrow’s talks and expect the Scottish match to face a “long and difficult journey”.
However, Athletics chairman Alloa, stressed the SFA and SPFL work tirelessly to ensure that the club can continue playing whenever the government finally gives them the go-ahead.
Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister of Public Health, Sports and Welfare, will hold discussions with SFA, SPFL, Scotland Rugby and sportscotland tomorrow and when major sporting events can be staged again will be one of the main topics on the agenda.
“What we hope is not any major statement that will come out of that question that will in any way answer that question,” Mulraney said. “I don’t think that’s realistic. That is part of the journey
“This is the journey football has taken with the government, with everyone, to try and get football back safely to play Scotland. Obviously, it is very welcome that we have the opportunity to talk with the government again. That is a process.
“From our perspective of the joint response group, we must face some real facts long beforehand. We have clearly presented Dr. McLean (SFA’s chief medical consultant John) at each meeting. Some of the depression that has settled on us has gone through. This will obviously be a very long and difficult journey.
“But if we are not prepared to face the problem and we are not prepared to return to playing football, we will extend the journey in vain. Right now we are aware, but we are clearly very concerned.
“We have traveled. When we first banned hand shakes, everyone thought we were crazy. Two weeks later there was no football in England. The journey has accelerated and has changed. It will not be the initial gun and everyone starts playing football again from day one. ”
Speak to Sportsound on the BBC Radio Scotland, Mulraney continued, “When do we hope? We do not. I think that’s not realistic to expect. But you must have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you will never be able to carry it out.
“This sub-group (joint response group) has been formed to enable us to be in a position that if it is possible for us to play football in August, September, we must be in a position where we have given ourselves the best opportunity to do so.
“I would not say I hope Alloa will play football in August or September, but I hope we will play football.
“What we need is a whole football family to overcome it and we will do it if you look at the team that we have created. We need to make living environment where we provide answers to the fans, the public, the players, staff and critically to our government to enable them to have the confidence to restart football in Scotland.
“How do we restart football without burdening the services we need? We must keep this nation safe first and then we see how we bring answers to the government about how football can fit into the new world that we must operate. ”
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