The Scottish Premier League (SPL) has confirmed that this weekend’s games will go ahead as planned despite the withdrawal of Polish referees.
The Poland FA had been due to send three sets of match officials to help compensate for the referees’ strike in Scotland in order to ensure top-flight matches were played as normal.
However, the Poland FA had a change of heart, claiming it could no longer assist as its referees were needed for domestic matches.
Although the First Division match between Greenock Morton and Falkirk has been postponed due to the loss of Polish officials, the SPL programme remains unaffected.
“All six Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures across Saturday and Sunday will be played as scheduled despite confirmation from the Scottish FA that the weekend of strike action by Scottish Category 1 referees will go ahead,” read an SPL statement.
Malta’s FA has confirmed it is sending seven referees to Scotland to help cover the strike.
“We are ready to assist the Scottish FA,” it told STV. “We also had a similar problem in Malta 20 years ago, when we had to approach the English FA for officials.
“It will be very difficult for us to spare other referees. The SFA (Scottish Football Association) want Class One officials and we don’t have many spare.”