Scottish Health official: Premiership not guaranteed to return on August 1.
Jason Leitch a health official in the Scottish Government has cautioned that August 1 is a very provisional date for football’s return.
The National clinical director in Scotland also stressed that team training would not be allowed under current social restrictions.
After talks with Professor Leitch and sports minister Joe FitzPatrick on Friday, the Scottish game’s Joint Response Group recommended lifting the suspension of all football activity from June 11.
Scottish Football Professional League chief executive Neil Doncaster stated the Government had given the green light to resume football training in June, with a Premiership kick-off of August 1 now a “firm target”.
However, Leitch clarified that training would be very limited during phase one of the route out of lockdown, which kicked in on Friday. Non-contact activities such as golf, tennis and physically-distanced, one-to-one training for athletes returned under the new guidelines.
Leitch said: “I’m not sure people should write August 1 on their calendars quite yet. There’s a long way to go before August 1, while Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball
“With a fair wind and the virus behaving itself, and of course the population behaving itself, there is reward to the two metres and there’s reward for not mixing your families because, if we do, we are going to go backwards.
“So I think you could maybe put in a shaded pencil on August 1 but don’t get overexcited.
Leitch added: “The other thing we can’t tell you is when phase two will start. Phase two will come if phase one works. We were very clear to them that although phase two will allow them to do more, we couldn’t guarantee them a date when that would be possible.”
Phase two allows for the “resumption of professional sport in line with public health advice” and a review is expected on a three-weekly basis