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Scotland police considering backing down on Friday night football stance

Police in Scotland are on the verge of alleviating their strong stance on Friday night football, which has not been played for a very long time.

With the news, the Scottish Football Association has held discussions with the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League about holding matches on Friday nights, starting with the lower leagues.

Matches in the second and third divisions which require a low policing level may start being added to the fixture and will be monitored closely to see how fans behave in the hope of introducing it back to the Premier League.

The proposal has not yet been given the go-ahead but a source from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland indicated to the Herald Scotland that things were looking good.

"The long-term intention is to see if football can become a viable alternative to going to the pub as a Friday night leisure pursuit," the source said.

The notion would certainly not include matches like the Old Firm derby, the Edinburgh derby or a meeting between say the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen but the fact that this idea is being considered is a positive for Scottish football.

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