Up to 20,000 Scots are expected to travel to London for the England-Scotland game at Wembley tonight. However, there will be no official fan zone for Scottish fans due to Covid-19 regulations, while Sadiq Khan urged fans without a ticket or a safe place to watch the game to stay away.
And Ms Sturgeon faces accusations of double standards from some social media users who have claimed the PM will speak out if they are English fans in Scotland – or even Rangers fans in Glasgow. .
One Twitter user blasted: “Not a whisper about the potential to kill thousands with the spread of Covid following the descent of 30,000 in London and back to Scotland.
“Sturgeon has been very quiet, but rest assured that if it was English fans in Glasgow she would be kicking.”
Another wrote: “If so many English fans had come down to Scotland without tickets I’m sure Nicola Sturgeon would have a lot to say and keep saying it.”
A third castigate: “If it was English fans arriving in Scotland imagine the outcry from Sturgeon and the #covidiot media.”
Another said: “Of course if this game were in Scotland… Sturgeon would have closed the border and banned all English fans by… just saying….”
A fifth commented: “Sturgeon has warned the English not to come to Scotland. She has condemned Rangers fans for rallying in George Square after winning the league, but so far she has not says a word about scotch fans heading to London. “
Another added: “Can you imagine what Nicola Sturgeon would say if it was English fans traveling to Scotland.”
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“There are no alternative venues for fans to gather in large numbers and there are limited spaces in pubs and bars and you could end up missing the game.
“London is still in lockdown and must follow applicable government guidelines.”
London Mayor Mr Khan also tweeted: ‘With the Covid restrictions still in place, alongside the government I urge Scottish fans without tickets to the match, or a safe place to watch it, to take advantage of the match from Scotland and not to come to London. “
The match between former rivals England and Scotland will kick off in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans at Wembley at 8pm.
It is the first time that Scotland have qualified for the Euro in 23 years.
Scottish fans had already started to gather outside King’s Cross station on Thursday, dancing and singing their adopted anthem Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, a 1977 Baccarat hit.
The traditional Scottish meeting place of Trafalgar Square will not be accessible to them as it will be used as a socially distanced and paid fan zone for 750 key workers, and the screen will not be visible without access.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Scottish government for comment.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-18 09:39:00