Scotland fans could still pack out Wembley for the Euro 2020 clash with England according to a top Uefa medical expert.
Steve Clarke’s side ended their hiatus from the international stage by sealing qualification for the delayed European Championships in the summer in dramatic fashion with a win on penalties over Serbia in Belgrade.
Hopes of the Tartan Army boogieing their way down to London for the national side’s only ‘away’ fixture in the group stage – which just so happens to be against the Auld Enemy – seemed to be dashed as tougher COVID-19 restrictions around travel mean the likelihood of fans being present in stadiums in time for kick off remains low.
But Swiss expert Dr Daniel Koch, Uefa’s top advisor on the global coronavirus pandemic, hinted it was not impossible as he laid out exactly what would need to happen for Wembley to become a sea of dark blue in June.
“First of all, there is no way the Euros will not happen, they will happen. There is no worst-case scenario, there are realistic scenarios and best-case scenarios,” he said.
“We will see what the situation is and what is the requirement from the different countries but I hope that at least some travelling will be possible because it is not travelling, in the end, that makes the real difference.
“For sure, every country has tried to protect itself, but travel restrictions are not the main issue. The main issue is to keep this virus bound by detecting the case, finding the connections and having social distancing. But we are confident.
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“I think stadium capacity could be much more than we imagine. In the autumn, some countries were at 30 per cent in grounds, I think it is possible more than 30 per cent could be in this summer
“It is very, very difficult to forecast. It is not only forecasting the epidemic, it is forecasting the politics. We work hard in an optimistic good way, but how much will be possible? We don’t know yet,” he said.
“I think there will be a lot of flexibility at least up until the end of April. A decision must be made at the beginning of April, but then there is a lot of flexibility to say, now we can scale-up because the situation improved much more than expected.”