Eng­land fans could be al­lowed in for away game ver­sus Ice­land

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Ja­son Burt CHIEF FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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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