Motherwell FC: Concerns growing that this season's outstanding matches will remain unplayed

With sport in lockdown due to coronavirus, concerns are growing that this season’s outstanding domestic football matches will remain unplayed.

Action from Motherwell's last game, against Hearts at Tynecastle on March 7 (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Action from Motherwell's last game, against Hearts at Tynecastle on March 7 (Pic by Ian McFadyen)

Motherwell FC, sitting third in the Scottish Premiership with eight games remaining, last played in a 1-1 league draw at Hearts on March 7.

It is still unclear if and when the Steelmen and Scotland’s other 41 senior clubs will return to action and if they will play their outstanding 2019-2020 fixtures.

Although a date of April 30 has previously been set as the earliest resumption for Scottish football, the spiralling Covid-19 crisis – which has infected more than 1500 people in Scotland and killed around 50 – has scientific experts predicting that the number of cases will continue rising over the next fortnight and may realistically prevent a return before August.

Speaking on national radio at the weekend, Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows said: “There’s still a big push by some to have the games played. I think it’s all up for grabs at this point.”

Burrows, who is also on the SPFL board, confirmed Motherwell have received an advanced SPFL payment of £395,000 plus VAT along with Celtic and Rangers, a figure far higher than other top flight clubs who were paid £157,500 plus VAT.

This is because the Steelmen, Celtic and Rangers are the only three teams to have confirmed their places in this season’s top six.

UEFA are today (Wednesday) staging a videoconference with 55 member associations, updating progress on two working groups and discuss the options regarding the potential rescheduling of matches.