ATAC’s Chair and Vice Chair, Martin Riddell, and Graeme Baxter, attended a meeting earlier this week at the invitation of the Major Events Team at Scottish Government, to discuss the UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill following its introduction at the end of September. The basis of the bill is to put protections in place for the Euro’s next year taking place, and impacting supporters, in Scotland. This involves stringent legislation on ticket touting, advertising, and street trading, along with the provision to police and enforcement officers to implement fully.
Ticket Touting and the resale of tickets for any kind of profit, for matches in Glasgow, or by individuals in Scotland, will be a criminal offence, in addition to breaching conditions set out by UEFA. We would encourage anyone wishing to attend the matches to apply for tickets through UEFA, or in the event of Scotland qualifying, the Scotland Supporters Club / SFA. Restrictions on advertising and street trading will be in place at Hampden, a perimeter surrounding the stadium, and within the event zones to be located within the City Centre.
ATAC are fully supportive of the measures being put in place to protect supporters, and will keep supporters up to date on further developments as the tournament nears. You can keep up to date on its progression through parliament by visiting the Scottish Government website
At yesterdays meeting with the SSC and SFA Security, we briefly discussed the November match in Cyprus. The Cypriot FA have stringent ID checks as part of the ticket sale process, and every member will be required to required to input a passport number at point of sale. The SFA will share more information in due course, upon return from Russia, but were happy for us to provide a heads up to supporters.
ATAC met with the SSC and SFA Security team yesterday to discuss the upcoming trip to Russia. The SFA’s pre match travel information will be issued on Tuesday, and will contain details about the trip, ticket collection, and do’s and don’t whilst in Moscow. Tickets for the match will be posted out early Tuesday by the SSC.
ATAC will be issuing the supporters Sporran Guide later in the week, so keep an eye on our website and social media.
The next ATAC meeting will take place on Sunday 1 September, and is being hosted by Lunnainn Albannaich. As they are based in London they have opted to host it in the Graham Hotel in Falkirk. If you would like to join ATAC or simply come along and see what goes on then please get in touch.
On 19th May, UEFA announced its ticket pricing for Euro 2020 matches. Hampden will host four matches.
The Association of Tartan Army Clubs disagrees with the ridiculous ticketing prices being proposed. Tickets for the group matches from €50 (£45) for category C (behind the goals), to an eye-watering €175 (£156) for a category A (pitch side) seat. The prices for the later stages at other venues are even more astronomical.
ATAC and its members believe the massively inflated prices will prevent many supporters from attending matches, and risk thousands of empty seats, for a tournament which UEFA hope to be a special celebration of 60 years of European competition.
ATAC joins Football Supporters Europe and other supporters groups around Europe calling for a serious review of this pricing strategy, and urges UEFA to listen and act with urgency. Football without fans is nothing.