A Scottish Premiership fixture has been postponed just over two hours before kick off on Saturday afternoon, it’s been revealed.
The league have issued a statement about what has happened, and now supporters are demanding for three points to be awarded.
This afternoon’s Scottish Premiership match between St Mirren and Motherwell has been postponed after St Mirren informed the SPFL that they could not fulfil the fixture.
— SPFL (@spfl) October 17, 2020
The statement continued: St Mirren have informed the SPFL that, due to a number of positive tests for Covid-19 amongst their playing squad and coaching staff, they have only 12 registered fit players, including four goalkeepers, available for today’s game against Motherwell – and that, as a result, St Mirren are unable to fulfil today’s fixture.
As a result, and in line with standard procedure, the SPFL have postponed the fixture pending an investigation into the events at St Mirren.
ST MIRREN STATEMENT:
St Mirren Football Club can confirm that a further first-team player have returned a positive COVID-19 test and is now self-isolating. In line with Public Health and Scottish Government guidelines, a number of additional players are now required to self-isolate.
Chief Executive, Tony Fitzpatrick stated: “It is very disappointing that we are faced with this situation despite the numerous precautions and safeguards that are in place within the Club.
“As a result we regret this has caused our game against Motherwell to be postponed.
“This is hugely frustrating for our fans, the players and staff, and for everyone connected with the club. We will be working with the SPFL and relevant health authorities on this matter and will provide an appropriate update when more information is available.
“This once again underlines the absolute necessity of maintaining vigilance to ensure that players, officials and their families minimise the risk of infection to keep everyone safe.”
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Our Scottish Premiership match with St Mirren has been cancelled.
Our opponents have informed the SPFL that they are unable to fulfill the fixture.
St Mirren have told the league that, due to a number of positive tests for Covid-19 amongst their playing squad and coaching staff, they have only 12 registered fit players, including four goalkeepers, available the match.
We will await further guidance from the league.
If you have purchased a PPV pass to watch this match in the UK/Republic of Ireland, information on how to apply for refunds from St Mirren will be made available shortly.
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As mentioned, fans demanded for their side to get handed three points following the announcement of the Scottish Premiership fixture being postponed…
Three points to Motherwell
— Jonesy (@GeeJayJon) October 17, 2020
Reserve or youth team and if they can’t do that then we should get 3 points
— Cameron BidenHarris20 (@Cameron21331525) October 17, 2020
So will they be investigated just like Kilmarnock?
— Stephen (@paton_stephen) October 17, 2020
Absolute joke. 3 points Motherwell plz.
— 5adPanda (@5adPanda) October 17, 2020
So only 12 available, amazing thats just below the 13 required under UEFA guidelines. 3 points to motherwell.
— Oscars dad (@jambof3tornado) October 17, 2020
They not got a youth team?
— john moir (@johnmoir87) October 17, 2020
What an absolute disgrace, @saintmirrenfc have had days to make that call
— Kenny Sayers (@Kenny_Sayers1) October 17, 2020
Three points to us, surely, with a 0-3 win? Two and a half hours before kick off and they have just discovered they can’t field a team?
— Derek J Irvine (@DeeJayTuition) October 17, 2020
Unbelievable the SFA and SPFL have to be seen taking action against both Kilmarnock and St Mirren, Motherwell players have trained for these 2 games only to have them cancelled at the last minute to the detriment of Motherwell FC, who bear no fault in this debacle
— Ian Downie (@IanDownie6) October 17, 2020
Obviously they’re not sticking to rules then the amount of positives they have need to start giving up the points if they can’t play canny keep rescheduleing matches
— David_MFC ??????? (@__DavidMFC__) October 17, 2020
We ever gonna get to play a fucking game
— Adam Fordyce (@AdamFordyce1) October 17, 2020
Getting to the point where this unfairly penalises us.
— Charvey (@Charvey17) October 17, 2020
Why do ‘people’ need notice not as if their going anywhere ffs,
We are in the middle of a pandemic, yes it is unfortunate that another game is postponed but shit happens and no doubt it will happen to all teams at one time or another
— John McCarney (@Glasgowbud1965) October 17, 2020
Health comes first. Hope they get better soon
— Ross Paterson?? (@PandaRoss_1998) October 17, 2020