The Association of Tartan Army Clubs (ATAC) have been discussing with the Scottish Football Association and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) the impact of the Euro 2020 Play Offs. The challenges of booking travel with 3 days notice or paying for two sets of flights when we might not need either. ATAC are trying to collect some actual facts to back up the concerns so they can be presented to FSE and potentially UEFA so lessons can be learned for the future.
In order to do this we are asking supporters to complete a short survey
We are also aware that concerns over coronavirus has already led to restrictions across multiple countries including the cancellation of some high profile sports events. A Norwegian ski-festival near Oslo will now be held behind closed doors. As of 6th March the games are still going ahead and there are no travel restrictions for Norway, Serbia or Scotland. We would advise supporters to continue to monitor for news and check SFA and UEFA websites.
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.