Nicola Sturgeon pinpoints fans return date

The First Minister has revealed a date for the return of limited numbers fans to stadiums across the country.

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Scottish football fans have been given a major boost after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided a date where they could potentially return to stadia.

Football supporters will be locked out from the opening weeks of the season due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with fears it could cost clubs substantial amounts of money.

But now limited numbers will be allowed back in as early as September 14, subject to social distancing rules.

The First Minister was announcing a host of new changes to the COVID-19 guidelines when she turned her attention towards sport.

Nobody will be allowed in for the early weeks of the SPFL campaign – due to start on Saturday with the Premiership – but there will be test events run in conjunction with the government before the date in question.

Sturgeon said: “We hope that sports stadia will be able to open from that day with limited numbers of spectators albeit with physical distancing in place.

“Some professional sports events may be arranged for spectators before then with Scottish Government agreement to test the safety of any new arrangements.”

That means the likes of Celtic and Rangers, who have sold more than 40,000 season ticket holders each, could be forced to make decisions on who gets in for each game.

A similar problem is likely for Hibs, who have sold season tickets that would outnumber a potential one in two fans in the stadium at Easter Road.


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