Scottish strike won't halt Premier League matches

Published Nov. 25, 2010 2:09 p.m. ET

The Scottish Football Association says all Premier League matches in Scotland will go ahead as planned this weekend despite a strike by referees.

After failing to avert a walkout by referees despite offering a range of conciliatory measures, the SFA says it has found match officials from outside Scotland to officiate the six league games this weekend.

Scottish referees are striking in protest against clubs' criticism of their recent performances.

An SFA statement released Thursday says an agreement has been reached ''to ensure matches in the Premier League ... will be covered.''

The SFA says it also is in talks with foreign national associations to secure referees for matches in Scotland's three other leagues.