England and Scotland last met in a competitive match at Wembley in November 2016, with the home side winning 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier

Scotland fans may be able to attend Euros group match against England at Wembley

Hopes are rising that the “Tartan Army” will be allowed to attend Scotland’s Euro 2020 group game against England at Wembley Stadium this summer.

The much-anticipated fixture will take place on June 18 and while Uefa does not expect ‘away’ fans to be allowed into the group games across Europe there are unlikely to be any restrictions on Scots travelling to England under the current roadmap set out by the UK government.

Uefa will not formally ban away supporters being at games and will leave it at the discretion of each individual country as to how it applies its rules as it has ultimate control over its border.

European football’s governing body has already pushed back the deadline to April 7 for when it is asking all 12 host cities to submit their plans over the number of fans who will be allowed into matches in the hope that the Covid situation improves. It does not want games taking place in empty stadia if that can be avoided. A Uefa executive committee then meets on April 19 where final decisions must be formally approved.

The current limit on the number of fans who will be able to attend the England vs Scotland fixture is expected to be set at 10,000. However the game takes place just three days before further restrictions are due to be lifted on June 21, the date when it is hoped all legal limits on social contact will go, so there could be an application for the capacity to be increased to 20,000.

That would also be in anticipation of Wembley being at 50 per cent of its 90,000-capacity for the latter stages of the tournament which includes hosting both semi-finals and the final.

Of course there is nothing preventing Scotland fans based in England going to the match but it will also be interesting to see how Uefa and the Football Association handle the ticket allocations if they want to involve a significant ‘away’ presence.

Although there is caution the government is keen for the Euros to play a key role in a ‘great summer of sport’ as the country hopefully begins to return to normal life. Having away fans for the Scotland game would help create a special atmosphere.

England manager Gareth Southgate has already stated he wants to see Scotland fans at the fixture which will be the first time the two nations have met in a finals since he played at Euro 96. 

“We just have to keep our fingers crossed that crowds are allowed back into the stadium,” Southgate said after Scotland qualified last November. “It would be just a completely different occasion if that’s the case.”

Wembley is likely to welcome fans back later this month with local workers and residents allowed to attend the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton on April 18 and the League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur the following Sunday.  The pilot events will be used to assess procedures for coronavirus testing for fans before larger crowds are allowed back.

Brent Council, the London authority covering Wembley, has written to residents asking them to register their interest in attending the two games. For the first game around 4,000 tickets – the figure is yet to be confirmed – are expected to be allocated to council staff, those working in the health sector, teachers and students over the age of 18 and residents of Wembley Park, which includes apartment blocks next to the stadium.

The second event will have a larger capacity and include some fans. Each attendee has to return a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before the game and will have to take a PCR home test afterwards.

Original article o1.04.21 on the Telegraph website.

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