ST MIRREN have backed SPFL proposals to finish the season early for lower league clubs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All 42 member clubs had until 5pm today to vote on whether to end the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Championship, League One and League Two campaigns now.

But the Premiership would need UEFA ratification if it was to follow suit.

St Mirren have said they "fully support" the resolution put forward by the SPFL this week.

That resolution recommends the termination of the 2019/20 season in all three lower leagues, with final season placings determined by points per game in league matches played to date by each club.

It also recommends that matches in the Premiership remain postponed for the time being, to give "the best possible opportunity" for the remaining fixtures to be played.

However, if the SPFL Board determines that the remaining Premiership matches cannot be played, the top flight would all be terminated, with final season placings determined on the same basis.

In a statement released today, St Mirren commented: "Our club has previously said the concerns of football during this terrible crisis seem like a small thing when an increasing number of people are dying daily from coronavirus. Yet, it has become clear that, for the sake of the game’s future in Scotland, a decision is going to have to be made that gives clarity to the SPFL’s member clubs.

"The Board of Directors continue to meet regularly to review the financial stability of our club. This is essential in these unprecedented times.

"St Mirren, in common with all other football people, would have always preferred to play the season to its proper conclusion, however for the protection of both fans and players, football should take a break until after the summer and hopefully be able to start season 2020/21 as soon as possible, safely.

"As both the UK and Scottish Government make clear daily, everybody must stay at home as much as possible, to protect the NHS and save lives. Putting increased pressure on clubs to end this season, and potentially start next season early, is not what society needs right now."


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