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SPFL, POLICE IN SEMI-FINAL RETHINK

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SPFL chiefs could be forced into a rethink over playing the Betfred League Cup semi-finals on the same day at Hampden after it was revealed they are poised to reopen talks with Police Scotland.

Holders Celtic are due to play Hearts in the 7.45pm evening clash following the noon kick-off between Aberdeen and Sevco Rangers on Sunday, October 28.

Police chiefs have now called for another meeting to discuss again the less-than-satisfactory situation regarding the last-four encounters.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “We’re aware of issues and concerns that have been raised over the last few days about the date and venue of the League Cup semi-finals.

“As a responsible organisation and taking into account these public concerns, I think it sensible to discuss the issues raised with the SPFL and other stakeholders and I have asked the SPFL to look again at the transport plan so we can make a full public safety assessment.”

The ties had originally been scheduled for October 27 and 28, the holders and the Ibrox outfit are involved in Europa League action on the previous Thursday with the Hoops facing RB Leipzig in Germany and Steven Gerrard’s outfit at home to Spartak Moscow.

The SPFL met with all four clubs and said they have a contractual obligation to stage the ties at Hampden.

The Dons hit out at the timing of the first semi – pointing out that the first train into Glasgow that day arrives at 12.15pm.

Tynecastle owner Ann Budge described the plans as a “disaster waiting to happen”.

The Scottish Police Federation’s general secretary Calum Steele has already remarked he reckons the scheduling is “idiotic”.

 
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