Football matches will be played without supporters in Scotland and Wales

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Nicola Sturgeon

December 21 (THEWILL) – Nicola Sturgeon has announced that football matches in Scotland will be ‘effectively spectator-free’ for three weeks from Boxing Day.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister told Members of the Scottish Parliament that crowds at outdoor public events in Scotland will be regulated at 500 for at least three weeks from Boxing Day.

The limits will be implemented as the Omicron COVID-19 variation spreads around the world.

“This will, of course, make sports matches, including football, without spectators during this three week period.

“And that will also mean that the large-scale Hogmanay celebrations, including those planned here in our capital, will not take place.

“I know how disappointing it will be for those who look forward to these events and for their organizers,” said Sturgeon.

In the meantime, from Boxing Day, football matches in Wales will be played behind closed doors.

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron version, the Welsh government has announced that all indoor and outdoor sporting events across the country will take place without spectators. There is no end date set for development.

Cardiff City and Swansea City are the two Championship clubs concerned.

Yet, aside from the continued disruption of COVID-19, on Monday, English Premier League and EFL clubs agreed to keep their fixtures festive, as THEWILL reported.

Despite the fact that 90 positive COVID-19 tests were returned by Premier League players and club employees last week, the decision has been made not to modify the matches.


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