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St Mirren v Motherwell postponed


The SPFL said St Mirren only had 12 available players, four of them goalkeepers

St Mirren’s match against Motherwell has been postponed after a third positive Covid-19 test left the club with eight available outfield players.

St Mirren told the SPFL they could not fulfil Saturday’s Scottish Premiership fixture after “a number of additional players” were required to self-isolate.

The Paisley club said on Thursday that two players had Covid-19 and a third was in quarantine as a precaution.

The SPFL says St Mirren had 12 players available, four of them goalkeepers.

Uefa guidance – which has been adopted by the SPFL – says a fixture can go ahead as long as a team has 13 available players, including at least one goalkeeper.

The league says the postponement is “in line with standard procedure” and that an investigation is now under way.

Motherwell’s last league fixture with Kilmarnock was also postponed when the Ayrshire club’s entire first team was forced to self-isolate after six positive tests.

The circumstances around that call off are still being examined.

“It is very disappointing that we are faced with this situation, despite the numerous precautions and safeguards that are in place,” said St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick.

“This is hugely frustrating for our fans, the players and staff and for everyone connected with the club.

“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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