LEAGUE bosses have fired a warning to East of Scotland clubs breaking lockdown rules. 

A number of teams in Sauchie Juniors' Premier Division are alleged to have arranged friendly matches and contact training in recent weeks. 

This is despite Scottish Government guidelines and Scottish FA rules banning both for clubs below the SPFL. 

In a letter published last week, John M Greenhorn, chairman of the East of Scotland FA, warned clubs to stick by the rules set out by authorities. 

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He wrote: "We are receiving reports and noting on social media examples of East of Scotland clubs ignoring the conditions laid down by the Scottish Government and the Scottish FA on resuming training and playing matches.

"For the avoidance of doubt playing of matches in any form is strictly forbidden and training is non-contact, socially distanced with no more than five in any group to a maximum of 15 adults.

"Particularly given what has happened in Aberdeen any reported breaches of the rules will almost certainly result in our restart being pushed back and any clubs found guilty of this can expect to be severely dealt with." 

The league later added in a statement: "Disappointed but by no means at all surprised by the fact John Greenhorn has been moved to send the email below to all clubs a little earlier. 

"Very much aware how frustrated we've all been by football's absence – five months since our last competitive matches were played – and only too conscious of the near impossibility of having all parties comply as they've been asked to do. 

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"No one particularly wants to be heavy-handed in dealing with issues arising pretty much inevitably, but everyone ought by now to be aware no good can possibly come of flouting regulations. 

"Your club most likely isn't aspiring to emulate Aberdeen. Please just obey the rules."