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Football: SPL clubs fuelled up.

THE Scottish Premier League last night gave top-flight clubs the go-ahead to play this weekend.

They insisted that the country's fuel crisis would NOT stop football going ahead as planned.

This means Kilmarnock v Aberdeen, Hibs v Motherwell, St Johnstone v Dundee and Dundee United v St Mirren will all take place on Saturday afternoon, with Rangers v Hearts 24 hours later and Dunfermline v Celtic playing on Monday.

Iain Blair, SPL director of administration and finance, said: "In order for matches to go ahead, we had to check that adequate levels of policing, ambulance cover, stewarding etc would be available. And, after talks with all clubs and other parties, we're confident that everything will be in place to allow the matches to proceed.

"Supporter safety is paramount and we've received assurances that the emergency services will be able to cover games as normal.

"Therefore, all fixtures will go ahead as planned, providing there are no major developments in the meantime.

"As fuel supplies are now getting out to petrol stations, we're hopeful the majority of fans will be able to make their way to matches."

Scottish Football League chief Peter Donald said: "At the moment, all the matches are on and we will continue to monitor the situation today and tomorrow."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Martin, Robert
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2000
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