How did the Hampden fan saga go? – fr

How did the Hampden fan saga go? – fr

The 2021 Scottish Cup final will – in all likelihood – have fans in the stands at Hampden Park.

After a long saga, UEFA has given the green light to a “limited number” of spectators to watch the match between Hibernian and St Johnstone.

And now the Scottish FA has asked the government of the country if between 1,500 and 3,000 fans can attend.

Initially, despite Scottish government rules, it looked like the flagship event would once again be played out on empty ground. But what has changed and how did we get there?

How did we get here?

The Scottish FA had previously said there was no way fans would be allowed to participate in the May 22 showpiece, as Hampden is expected to come under UEFA control from May 14 to begin preparations Euro 2020 matches that will take place there.

Their argument was that construction work was needed to prepare the ground and therefore the national stadium would not get a safety certificate.

That did not change even when the Scottish Government’s roadmap indicated that 500 spectators could attend outdoor events from May 17, with organizers able to submit proposals for larger crowds.

Meanwhile, UEFA told BBC Scotland it had agreed that the cup final could take place under the direction of the Scottish FA, and confirmed that this included welcoming the fans.

However, Scottish football authorities claim they were previously told otherwise.

On top of that, the England FA announced that fans would be allowed to watch the final of the various football league play-offs, all to be held at Wembley (also the host venue for Euro 2020) the following week. the end of the Scottish Cup.

UEFA said on Tuesday it had received a request from the SFA to have fans after all, days after it emerged that Wembley was being considered to host the Champions League final with thousands of fans in attendance.

The governing body of European football was quick to give the green light for fans to watch and now, barring further obstacles, the question is how many.

Was there a chance for other places?

Finalists Hibernian and St Johnstone have both indicated they would be willing to play the final away from Hampden, if fans weren’t on the table.

Celtic, Rangers and Hearts have all been approached by the SFA about the potential use of their respective stadiums for the final, but for various reasons the trio declined.

Scottish Rugby has also said Murrayfield is not an option, given that the Pro14 Rainbow Cup matches are held there until June.

Aberdeen announced on Monday that he would be ready to host the final, but he was the only club to offer publicly.

What do players and fans think?

For fans and players, it always came down to attracting fans to Hampden. The history and prestige associated with the National Stadium means that most people would prefer to play on the south side of Glasgow.

The only way this was going to change was if no audiences were allowed, due to the preparation of Euros and thousands of people could go to another location instead.

St Johnstone midfielder Craig Bryson: “I think when you grow up you want to make the Scottish Cup final at the national stadium or a big stadium, which adds to the opportunity.

“A lot of players would say they’d rather play Hampden with fans. I would probably rather play Hampden than [500 fans each somewhere else]. It is difficult. “

Jack Ross, Hibernian head coach: “Personally, that magic of winning the cup at Hampden always stays with me. I grew up with the final day of the Scottish Cup which was a big part of the football season and a massive part of my childhood and was a big part of my ambition as a player.

“From my perspective, in terms of how much I love the game, the Scottish Cup final for me would always choose to do in Hampden.

Et les play-offs?

All divisional play-off finals are scheduled to take place on or after May 17, and are therefore allowed to accommodate up to 500 fans.

Dundee has announced that – if they beat Raith Rovers this week to make it happen – they will host 500 fans for the home game against the Premiership’s 11th team at Dens Park.

The Championship club will vote season ticket holders to decide who gets the tickets.

Other clubs involved in the final may follow suit, and there is still the possibility of asking their local authority for more.


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