UEFA have lifted the ban on TV broadcasting live matches at 3pm on a Saturday in Scotland and England.

And their decision has opened the way for clubs to play fixtures behind closed doors during the coronaviris pandemic lockdown.

There is uncertainty in the game and there have been calls for the SPFL to end the season and award the title to Celtic who are 13 points ahead at the top of the table with only eight games to play.

However, some have also claimed the outstanding matches could be played in empty stadiums as a way to complete the campaign – with TV coverage to keep the fans in the loop.

The respective authorities on both sides of the border requested that the telly black-out be lifted and that application has been granted.

A statement published by Europe’s governing football body read: “UEFA has lifted the ‘blocked hours’ protection granted to England and Scotland for the remainder of the 2019-20 season following requests from the relevant national associations as a result of measures taken in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The game is now in cold storage with associations pondering the next move.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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