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Vaccination records: Scottish football fan group “worried” some supporters excluded

Games at Ibrox, Celtic Park, and Hampden are among those that require fans to be fully vaccinated

A Scottish fan group is “concerned” that the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine certification for football matches will exclude some fans from games.

MSPs are is expected to approve plans Fans must prove they have been double stabbed before attending games with more than 10,000 viewers.

If passed, the rules will come into force on October 1st.

“We are concerned about inequalities,” said Alan Russell, managing director of Supporters Direct Scotland.

“So people are excluded by their vaccination status, not their medical status and risk. There are differences in vaccination levels in different parts of society and soccer support.

“However, vaccination rates are quite high in Scotland. So we think it will be a very small number of people who will be excluded for these reasons. But even if that is one, it is worrying.”

Hearts versus Motherwell on Saturday October 2nd and Aberdeen versus Celtic and Rangers versus Hibernian the following day will likely be the first games to be affected.

Scotland’s home World Cup qualification against Israel – which is already sold out – on October 9th would also require proof of vaccination.

The Scottish government plans to introduce vaccination records to contain the spread of the coronavirus while encouraging younger people to get vaccinated.

Starting October 1st, people can download an app to prove their status or get a printed copy.

Children under the age of 18 and people who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons are exempt from the plans.

When the government first announced its intentions earlier this month, SPFL executive director Neil Doncaster said there would be “significant unintended consequences” for the clubs.

Among the concerns he raised was how to deal with unvaccinated fans who have already bought season tickets, and Russell believes that communicating with fans will be key.

“If we can help them better understand the risks of the vaccine, so that they are more comfortable with the vaccine, I think that’s good for everyone,” he said.

“If this is part of making football accessible to almost everyone, then it is a pragmatic and largely positive step – but we are concerned about these inequalities.

“It’s a pretty difficult situation to have people being prevented from going to football or having a vaccination that they are uncomfortable with or that they don’t know how it will affect other drugs they are taking.”

Games with an expected audience of over 10,000 before October 1st

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