Nicola Sturgeon announces professional sport can resume Monday without fans

Premier Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that professional sport can resume on Monday, June 22.

Confirmation has come with the announcement of the easing of lockdown restrictions and the country is moving into phase two.

Sturgeon described the ‘cautious changes’ the Scottish government intends to make to rules and guidance over the next three weeks.

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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed professional sport could resume on Monday. Image: SNS

If sport can resume, it will have to do so without supporters.

“Professional sport can resume, although – since strict public health restrictions remain in place – this will only happen behind closed doors,” Sturgeon said.

Scottish football fans watched the English Premier League return to empty stadiums on Wednesday evening, with the English league also resuming.

However, play is not expected to resume in Scotland until early August, when the Scottish Premiership begins, with the rest of the leagues to follow in October, according to the SPFL announcement.

He followed the failed league rebuilding to gain sufficient support.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors are expected to resume operations in August.

Sara R. Cicero