Following the post-Rangers title celebrations after sealing the Premiership title, Scottish politicians claimed there was now a risk to the national stadium hosting games in June at the national stadium. However, in response to the said incident, UEFA have reiterated today that they are totally committed to staging Euro 2020 football matches at Hampden Park.
Thousands of supporters broke the lockdown rules and turned up at Ibrox and George Square to celebrate with the Rangers after the stalemate finish against Celtics. A number of politicians, including Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, warned fans about the result of this situation. Yousaf believes that UEFA aims to bring a safe Euro 2020 hosting but the incident will give them a bad impression.
“UEFA are watching. They want a safe tournament and this could really put that tournament coming to Scotland into jeopardy and we just do not want that,” Yousaf said. National Clinical Director Jason Leitch backed Yousaf by providing the current COVID-19 situation of the country. “There are 15,500 people with the virus in this country,” Leitch said. “Some of them could be there.”
UEFA are talking to us just now about fans, safety, about all the things we need to do to get crowds in the Euros. It’s not a good look,” Leitch warns. However, when asked for comment on whether the incident would have an effect on their decisions, UEFA referred to an earlier statement where president Aleksander Ceferin says he’s determined all selected venues will stage games as planned.
“UEFA is committed to holding Euro 2020 in the 12 cities originally planned,” Ceferin said. “The Euro is the flagship competition for national team football in Europe and is a vital source of funding for grassroots and wider football development.” Ceferin expresses optimism in holding the tournament and giving the governments time to “formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come”.
“It is important that we give the host cities and governments as much time as we can to formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come June and July,” Ceferin added. “Fans are such a big part of what makes football special and that is true of the EURO as much as it is of any game. We must allow ourselves the maximum space to allow their return to the stadiums.”
Earlier, The Scottish Government reaffirms intent to host UEFA Euro 2020 games and claims that it is continuing to prepare to stage those matches amid reports that Glasgow is set to be dropped as a host venue. This is in response to reports that claims Hampden Park in Glasgow are at risk of being cut from the list of hosts for the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020 due to lack of capacity guarantees.
This statement is backed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who remains optimistic about hosting the games in the country. The first minister said that she remained “absolutely intent” when asked if she would be able to give UEFA the assurances it wants in relation to allowing some supporters to attend the matches. “We have always been intent on that,” she added.
The Hampden Stadium, on the other hand, staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000. The Scottish FA says it will “remain in constant dialogue” with UEFA as Scotland looks forward to a first major men’s tournament for 23 years.
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