Clubs from Aldershot Town to West Ham United have been given a major boost down south – and the SFA wants the same for Scottish teams.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for a return to English stadia for fans. It means, for example, up to 2000 West Ham United fans in Tier 2 areas or a maximum of 4000 in Tier 1 could watch their team.
It’s part of England’s new Covid-19 tier system, although those in the toughest tier 3 scenarios still won’t be able to watch their teams.
The changes do not cover Scottish football grounds as sport is a devolved issue and any decision over the return of fans to grounds will be made in the Scottish Parliament.
In the wake of the English announcement, the SFA and SPFL have demanded answers from Scotland’s Government over when the nation can expect its gradual return of supporters.
“The news that clubs in England can prepare for the return of supporters is clearly extremely positive,” a spokesperson said. “We will be seeking further urgent talks with the Scottish Government to establish a roadmap to getting fans safely back into Scottish grounds as soon as possible.
“Many of our clubs are in extremely precarious positions, given the enormous reliance on gate income in the Scottish game.
“Getting Scottish fans back into watch their beloved local clubs in the open air, in a controlled and carefully-regulated way, is absolutely essential for the future of Scottish clubs.”