England fans could be allowed in for away game versus Iceland
Iceland are hoping to allow England fans into the Uefa Nations League fixture in early September.
Supporters are permitted at domestic matches in Iceland, where the average attendance is 1,000, and the country’s football association is hoping Uefa will grant permission for this to continue for international games.
However, Uefa is understood to be concerned over the sporting integrity of allowing a nation to host games with supporters present if their opponents cannot do so.
It means that although Iceland do not face England away until November – by which time it is hoped fans will be back in stadiums – if the rules in England do not allow them to do so by September then supporters may be ruled out.
Gareth Southgate’s England face Iceland in Reykjavik on Sept 5, in their first fixture for 10 months, and the host nation’s plan is to permit 5,000 fans inside their 9,000-capacity national stadium. The fans would be separated into blocks of 500, each with its own entrance and lavatories.
Under current Icelandic rules, England fans, after being tested for Covid-19 at the airport, would go into a kind of “soft quarantine” of not mixing with people for at least four days, and largely remaining in their hotels. They would then have a second test. This would not apply to England players or staff, who would remain in their “bubble”. After Iceland, England play Denmark away three days later, with the Danes also pushing for home fans to be let in. Meanwhile, the Football Association has said that England will play Wales in a friendly at Wembley on Oct 8 as part of an autumn schedule which includes Nations League games against Iceland, Belgium and Denmark.
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