Sadiq Khan tells Scots to stay out of London (for England game)

Scottish fans usually gather in Trafalgar Square for the big games … but not this time around (Photo: Getty)

Ticketless Scotland fans are warned not to travel to London for their team’s match against England in the Euro 2020 Championship.

Amid fears that large groups of supporters will gather in the capital for the June 18 game, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged people to stay home.

Large-scale fan zones will not be set up for the high-profile match due to concerns about the spread of Covid.

Trafalgar Square, where fans often gather before big games, is gated and reserved exclusively for key workers.

Pubs and bars are also expected to limit the number of football fans allowed during the tournament, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 2,600 tickets have been awarded to Scottish supporters inside Wembley, with all others being urged to stay away.

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) have also asked fans not to travel unless they have a ticket or a safe place to watch the game.

Mr Khan said: “I am so excited for UEFA Euro 2020 and one of the games I am looking forward to the most is England’s game against Scotland at Wembley.

Cheerful Scottish supporters wearing kilts drinking and singing together in Trafalgar Square ahead of their England vs Scotland football match, World Cup qualifying group stage on November 11, 2016 in London, UK.  The home rivalry between their respective national teams is the oldest international match in the world, first played in 1872. (Photo by Mike Kemp / In Pictures via Getty Images)

Officials urge supporters to avoid mass rallies (Photo: Getty Images)

“I have incredible memories of England vs Scotland games in the past and I love the atmosphere Scottish fans always bring to big 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, as per Covid-19 guidelines.”

He added: “I want to be absolutely clear that Scottish fans will not be able to access their traditional base in Trafalgar Square as it will be used as a socially remote fan zone for key workers helping our city. get through the pandemic.

“Due to Covid regulations, there are no alternative sites for fans to gather in large numbers in central London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: General view inside the stadium ahead of the FA Vase Final between Binfield and Warrington Rylands at Wembley Stadium on May 22, 2021 in London, England.  A limited number of fans will be allowed to enter the stadium as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK.  (Photo by Tom Dulat - The FA / The FA via Getty Images)

Wembley Stadium will host a series of matches this summer (Photo: Getty)

“We’ve 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 an environment that we can all enjoy.

“If all goes as planned, the Covid restrictions will be lifted on June 21. If that happens I want to welcome people from all over the UK to the capital with open arms so they can experience our great city, theaters, bars, restaurants and great nightlife. ‘

Glasgow City Council announced last month that it would host a fan zone event in Glasgow Green for the tournament, which would allow 6,000 people to gather per day.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the plans would be “continually reviewed” in response to concerns about the proposals, with most tickets sold out.

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Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is part of Scotland’s squad for the Championship (Photo: Getty Images)

Scottish Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “I know that for many of us Euro 2020 will be one of the highlights of the summer and an opportunity to support our national team.

“In addition to the matches played in Glasgow, there will also 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.”

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon delayed the planned easing of the lockdown in Scotland on Tuesday over concerns over the spread of the ‘Delta’ variant, first detected in India.

Badges of Scotland and England

Scotland v England is the longest-running international game on record (Photo: Getty Images)

Parts of the country will be upgraded to Level 1 on the Scottish Government’s Covid Road Map from Saturday, but the majority of its central belt will remain at Level 2.

This means that the number of people allowed to meet indoors and outdoors will continue to be limited while places such as nightclubs must remain closed.

Ian Maxwell, managing director of the SFA, said all tickets for Scottish fans have now been allocated and anyone who does not have one should not travel to London.

He added: “The Glasgow Green fan zone which will run throughout the tournament will allow more people in Scotland to experience UEFA Euro 2020 and hopefully celebrate Scotland’s landmark results.

“I urge Scottish fans to avoid unnecessary travel, to use the Glasgow Green Fan Zone if they can and to enjoy the UEFA Euro 2020 experience safely and locally.”

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