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SPL have concerns over delay to start of season due to London Olympics 2012

The Scottish Premier League want to discuss with the British Olympic Association any issues over the start of next season's competition after concerns were raised over a possible delay because of London 2012. Olympic rules stipulate no other major sporting competitions can take place in any city hosting an Olympic event for the period of the Games.

Hampden Park in Glasgow is hosting eight Olympic football matches during the course of the Games, which take place from July 25 to August 12.

Former Scottish sports minister Stewart Maxwell has written to the SPL and British Olympic Association requesting "immediate clarity" about the situation.

The SPL released a statement today welcoming the SNP MSP's comments.

It read: "The start date for the 2012-13 Clydesdale Bank Premier League season will be fixed towards the end of 2011.

"If the British Olympic Association has any concerns regarding fixture scheduling these should be discussed with the SPL."

The SPL might not be the only football competition affected - both Celtic and Rangers are likely to have European qualifiers during the period.

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