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Scottish football to decide Israel Euro fixture

The Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel was due to take place in front of a sell-out Hampden crowd on March 26, but it might not even be played behind closed doors

Scotland's Stuart Armstrong (second right) and Israel's Shiran Yeini (second left) battle for the ball when the two sides met in November 2018 (Jane Barlow/PA Wire.)
Scotland's Stuart Armstrong (second right) and Israel's Shiran Yeini (second left) battle for the ball when the two sides met in November 2018 (Jane Barlow/PA Wire.)

Scottish football authorities will decide on their response to measures to curtail mass gatherings – including for its Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel.

Nicola Sturgeon announced that large gatherings of more than 500 people that require police or paramedics, or could impact on the health service, would be cancelled from Monday due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Scotland.

The First Minister added that officials would provide more detailed advice on which events it applied to before the start of next week.

UEFA will hold talks with all member associations on Tuesday to discuss the way forward for all of its competitions including the European Championship.

Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel was due to take place in front of a sell-out Hampden crowd on March 26. But it might not even be played behind closed doors and there is uncertainty over whether the tournament will be held this summer, especially given there are 12 venues including Glasgow.

The daily talks of the joint response group set up by the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League will continue before major decisions are made.

In a statement, SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell and SPFL counterpart Neil Doncaster said: “Following the First Minister’s comments regarding plans to restrict public gatherings from next week, we will enter discussions with the Scottish Government to understand the full detail of their plans and the implications for clubs and national sides.

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