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By Benjamin Johnstone
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Regional clubs await Wednesday decision

ANNAN Athletic and Queen of the South will hear from the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) regarding the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.

All 42 Scottish league clubs will receive a conference this Wednesday from the SPFL to discuss what the future may look like for every club from the Scottish Premiership to Scottish League Two.

The call was supposed to take place yesterday but did not materialise as there is a growing feeling amongst clubs that the season being finished is becoming more unlikely.

These doubts are increasing as the Premier League in England has announced that their season is suspending until it is safe to resume, which goes in line with UEFA declaring they would like to see all seasons across Europe finished by August.

Last month it was decided that the fifth tier of Scottish football, to give Brora Rangers the Championship with being top of the league before all football was suspended.

As the football season stands, Annan Athletic are seventh in League Two and are ten points adrift of the play-offs, while Queen of the South are ninth in the Championship and sit in the relegation play-off places.

One of the key issues to be discussed is players contracts and the advancement of funding clubs, which will be crucial to make sure none of them go out of business during these unprecedented times.

Over 80 players across all four leagues have been placed on the furlough scheme system in which individuals remain at their clubs while the government picks up 80 percent of their wages, up to a maximum of £2500 per month.

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