Hampden will stage three group games and a last-16 tie in the Euro2020 tournament

Euro 2020: SFA says 'no plan B' over fans at Hampden

There is no “plan B” for fans inside Hampden at Euro 2020 if Glasgow remains in Scottish government level three restrictions, says the Scottish FA.

Doubts exist over whether supporters will still be allowed in for the four matches at Scotland’s national stadium.

A minimum crowd of 12,000 has been agreed with Uefa for those games, but no fans were allowed to attend Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

“The games will be at Hampden,” said SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

“There can’t be any plan B in terms of spectators because of ticket sales and stadium processes and all of those things, but hopefully we don’t need to get to that point.”

Two of Hampden’s four games include Scotland, plus Croatia v Czech Republic and a last-16 tie.

Maxwell said the SFA is in daily contact with the Scottish government about the Covid-19 situation in Glasgow. The local authority area is currently the only one in Scotland in level three,meaning large crowds are prohibited in the city.

Maxwell told BBC Scotland: “The Scottish government made the decision to allow spectators in when we were in a similar situation, in terms of the virus. When they made the decision, fans weren’t allowed in any stadium across the country so nothing has changed in that regard.

"We are absolutely committed to fans being in the stadium for the games. We are very much looking forward to that and until we are told otherwise, we will continue in that vein.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell

“We have ongoing discussions on a daily basis. We speak to government officials on a number of issues and one of them is clearly the Euros and spectators coming to those matches and we also discuss, on a regular basis, the prevalence of the virus and any part that football can play in dealing with that.

“Until we are told otherwise, we are very much focused on fans being in the stadium and that has to be our objective.”

Original article 24.05.21 on the BBC Sport website

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