Striking referees in the Scottish football association want all SFL football clubs to confirm that their integrity is not in doubt before they can return to their jobs. Match officials have requested the SFA seek written assurances from all 42 clubs from the countries top four tiers by Thursday lunch time. The saga began last weekend when the decision to strike by referees came after intense critcism of decisions, especially those of Celtic boss Neil Lennon after a recent penalty decision was overturned by a match official.
All Category One officials will meet this evening to voice their thoughts following the latest round of discussions. Officials claim they are unhappy at the amount of recent public criticism and pressure and feel their personal safety is at threat on and off the pitch. A call for foreign replacements from Ireland, Wales and Sweden was rejected after the respective countries indicated that they would be unwilling to provide cover.