The Scottish Football Association's plan to cope with the referees' strike this weekend has been hit by the late withdrawal of Polish replacements.
The SFA had arranged for three sets of officials to travel from Poland, and other countries, believing they had saved 11 out of 20 Scottish fixtures.
The reasons are, apparently, two-fold.
First, due to the current world-wide financial crisis the Polish Government are cutting back on their exports, which, for them, means Polish people.
Secondly, the prospective candidates failed a late sight test.
They were interviewed by a Scottish optician. The optician reports that the following conversation was pretty much replicated by each referee.
The optician showed them a card with the letters
C Z W I N O S T A C Z.
"I asked them if they could read it. Without exception they said that they actually knew the person."