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Scotland fans invade Hyde Park in kilts and set off flares as they defy ‘no-go’ area snub

Euros 2020: Scotland fans gather at Hyde Park

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More than half the population of England and Scotland are expected to tune in to watch Friday night’s Euros clash between the two sides. About 20,000 fans are also expected to watch the game at Wembley on Friday evening.

But fans arriving in London have accused the Mayor of London of providing no facilities to watch the game as thousands of fans stormed Hyde Park. 

Scottish fans had previously demanded Sadiq Khan provide a facility to watch the match at Hyde Park as the traditional Scottish meeting spot of Trafalgar Square will not be accessible this year as it will be used as a socially-distanced, ticketed fan zone for 750 key workers

Video footage shows Scottish fans dressed in kilts and setting off flares ready for the game tomorrow.

The Met Police said they were monitoring the situation and said one arrest has been made so far.

Paul Goodwin, Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA), said: “We are surprised and disappointed that there isn’t a fan zone in London. 

“We thought there should have been more foresight, London is the capital city, the main hosting city for the tournament.

“It’s not just Scotland-England here, it would have been the perfect test if they did have a fan zone, but what happens if it’s France and England or Germany and England in the final, are people going to be content with what they’ve got?

“However we are pragmatic, we’re realists, we totally understand as football fans, but also as human beings in the pandemic of the big picture.” 

Fellow Tartan Army fans also expressed disappointment after arriving at King’s Cross railway station in London.

Tartan Army fan Luke Nicholson, from Leith, Edinburgh, who travelled down to the game said the lack of facilities was “shameful”.

The 28-year-old public official told the Express: “It’s shameful as there could have been a large fan zone or facilities to help Scots enjoy the game.

“All the advice we get is stay away if we don’t have a ticket, that’s certainly not going to happen, it’s a very historic game.”

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Bar Supervisor Ross Dinham from South Queensferry, who travelled down from Scotland yesterday, added: “Of course Tartan Army fans are coming to London, it can’t be avoided. 

“The authorities down here should have thought about this opportunity much harder.

The 26-year-old made clear: “Glasgow has got a COVID-19 safe fan zone for all fans with no restrictions, so why can’t London?”

More Scotland’s fans will travel to London tomorrow by train for the match, but the SFSA explained many of these train tickets were booked when Wembley originally allocated Scottish fans over 18,000 seats, but due to COVID-19 restrictions this was decreased to 2,600.

A spokesman for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said a fan zone wasn’t possible due to the current UK Government restrictions.

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