Scottish football fans have been urged not to travel to London for their country’s Euro 2020 game against England at Wembley unless they have a ticket or have arranged a safe place to to watch the match.
Scotland will face England in their second Group D match on June 18, with around 2,600 of the 21,500 tickets allocated for the game to their fans.
Scottish supporters often congregate in Trafalgar Square in London when their team plays in England, but will not be able to do so this month as the venue hosts a socially remote fan zone for key workers.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Federation, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I love the atmosphere that Scottish fans always bring to major football tournaments.
“However, today I urge all fans to come to London only if you have a ticket to the match or have arranged a safe place to watch it, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
“We have all been through so much in the past 15 months and while I know everyone wants to have a good time during Euro it is essential that we make sure the competition is safe and takes place in a environment that we can all benefit from. “
Scottish Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth added: “There will be huge interest in the Scotland v England game at Wembley.
“Although we have made great strides, we all still have an important role to play in making sure we keep the virus under control.
“So I urge all football fans to plan in advance how you are going to enjoy the tournament and only come to London on June 18th if you have a ticket or a safe place to watch the game.”
Scottish Federation chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “We ask all fans not to come to London for our Group D game on June 18th against England unless they have a ticket to the match. “
Plans are in place to open the Trafalgar Square fan zone to nearly 10,000 people from June 21, provided government restrictions on social gatherings are lifted on time.
A fan zone accommodating up to 6,000 supporters per day will operate in Glasgow Green throughout Euro 2020.
Clarke: the Netherlands face the best
Steve Clarke believes Scotland can cause problems for the Netherlands in their first warm-up match before the European Championships.
Clarke’s team take on Frank de Boer’s team live Air sports Wednesday with Scotland preparing for their Group D fixtures with the Czech Republic, England and Croatia later in June, in what will be the country’s first major tournament games in 23 years.
Clarke said Sky Sports News: “We want to be at our best in the tournament and it’s still a bit far away so we’ll use the two friendlies to try to improve.
“I think when you look at Group D and the opposition we’re up against, England and Croatia are World Cup finalists and semi-finalists, the Czech Republic, we all know, is a very good team. we played against them recently so we expect games.
“The game against the Netherlands should be very useful for the tournament.”