Anger as fans banned from Scottish Cup final
Only a few fans will see the cup lifted at Hampden (pic: Terry Murden)
Scottish football supporters are fuming after a decision to allow fans to attend the Scottish Cup final was reversed because of the new Covid outbreak in Glasgow.
While there was acceptance that Hampden may be ruled out, many were angry and bewildered at the flat refusal to switch the showpiece match between Hibs and St Johnstone to a stadium outside Glasgow that will not be in use.
Aberdeen offered to host the final at Pittodrie, but with the season about to end the SFA should have the pick of venues. Dundee United’s Tannadice, Hearts’ Tynecastle Park or Murrayfield are among the suggested alternatives.
The latter has been ruled out because of another tournament under way, though critics say it would be free on 22 May when the Cup final is scheduled.
Some say the match should be postponed until fans are allowed to attend Hampden. A review of the current return to level 3 in Glasgow will take place next weekend.
The Scottish Football Association had requested an attendance of 2,000 for the event after UEFA approved the plan to admit supporters to the Euro 2020 venue.
Frustrated Scottish fans cannot understand why they are being so severely penalised when 21,000 were allowed to attend the FA Cup Final at Wembley and 8,000 watched last month’s League Cup Final at the same venue.
UEFA is allowing Manchester City and Chelsea to be given 6,000 tickets each for the Champions League final in Portugal on 29 May.
The Scottish government said two-metre physical distancing will be needed for the Scottish Cup final, rather than the 1.5m that will allow 12,000 fans at the Euros.