The Commons report released today only looked at actions in England, noting that a failure to lockdown even a week earlier in March 2020 probably doubled the number of first wave fatalities. Mirror actions took place in Scotland.
While politicians in London and Edinburgh pondered what to do, football acted. With the most valuable game on the roster two days away, the SPFL went ahead of the Government and suspended its season on 13 March 2020. By then, we had all seen what was happening in Lombardy and had an ominous feeling of what lay ahead. Permitting football games, where tens of thousands of people mingled, was reckless, we all knew it, fans, administrators and statuesque Government ministers.
The decision to stop the season was brave and had consequences for the League’s board, who came under intense personal pressure, some of which remains to this day. It possibly saved lives, so huge credit is due. A less self-absorbed political class would have acted ahead of them.