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The SFA are facing a massive blow with preparing to make alternative arrangements for this summer’s European Championships.

Hampden is due to stage three group stage matches and one tie from the last 16 but are looking for assurances on fans being able to attend.

are scheduled to face the Czech Republic on June 14 but with no fans attending a match in Glasgow since March 12 last year it looks unlikely that the SFA can reassure about any fans attending never mind a 50,000 capacity.

The Scottish Government has appeared unsympathetic to the requests of the SFA to get fans back with their decision to engage with Douglas Ross unlikely to help their cause.

BBC Scotland reports:

Glasgow and are at growing risk of being cut from the list of hosts for this summer’s European Championship. With fewer than 100 days until the delayed Euros, wants each of the countries staging matches to submit their plans – including for the return of fans – by a deadline of 7 April.

Organisers say they still hope to stage matches at the 12 venues as planned. But the Scottish and Irish governments are yet to provide assurances whether fans will be allowed back by June.

And Uefa is understood to be increasingly concerned they may have to strip Glasgow and of their matches. Both Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium are due to stage four games.

According to one source with knowledge of tournament planning, the position on fans in and Glasgow is currently “very bad”, with the respective governments “taking a much tighter approach to the pandemic than other cities”.

UEFA will distribute money pro-rata to the stadiums in use, if the matches are switched elsewhere the SFA are looking at a massive loss although they will be paid for ’s participation.

Other than matches, Hampden hasn’t hosted a crowd since November 2019 when 19, 515 watched a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it clear that England is prepared to host all matches with Welmbley already down for both semi’s and the final.

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