Scottish Premiership clubs vote to ditch artificial pitches in top flight

Kilmarnock is the only club in the new season to have an artificial pitch
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Scottish Premiership clubs have voted in favour of artificial pitches being banned from the top flight.

Clubs had brought forward a resolution seeking to phase out artificial pitches in the Premiership, which was issued to all sides.

The SPFL have now confirmed the resolution has passed, with the board granting a two-year period to allow clubs to phase out their artificial pitches.

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Only one club remains in the top flight with an artificial pitch, with Kilmarnock's Rugby Park due to be swapped back to a grass surface.

Livingston were relegated from the Premiership this season, and Raith Rovers missed out on promotion in their play-off clash; both sides having artificial surfaces at their home grounds.

The SPFL say the period of grace is in line with recommendations of the SPFL Competitions Working Group, which represents member clubs across the SPFL.

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Recently, plans were approved for a Premiership-wide project to work with a leading pitch consultancy firm, which is regularly used by UEFA, to improve the standards of grass pitches in the cinch Premiership.

The SPFL will be engaging with Premiership clubs on this project ahead of the new season.