Scotland expect to play Czech Republic on Monday despite the Nations League game allegedly being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish Football Association are waiting for confirmation from UEFA as to whether the fixture will go ahead or not with the Czech FA stating that the game won’t go ahead due to “the current situation with Covid-19” and a rise in cases within the country.
Scotland are currently advised to prepare for Monday’s game as normal as UEFA still await correspondence from the Czech FA.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 4, 2020
A statement on the FACR website read: “The national team will not play against Scotland on Monday due to representatives decision and the current situation with the Covid-19.”
Scotland, who were due to travel to Olomouc on Sunday, are awaiting confirmation from UEFA on whether the game will go ahead but have been advised to prepare for Monday’s game as normal.
“We are aware of reports that the Football Association of the Czech Republic have taken the decision not to play Monday’s game,” a spokesperson for the Scottish FA told Sky Sports News.
“We have not received any official notification from the Football Association of the Czech Republic to that effect but have contacted UEFA for confirmation on the status of the match. We will update further when we receive clarification.”
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Plans for the Czech side had been affected after West Ham‘s Tomas Soucek and Roma’s Patrik Schick – on loan at RB Leipzig – were told to self-isolate after coming into contact with a backroom staff member who tested positive for the virus.
The Czech FA delayed their departure for Slovakia by 24 hours while the entire squad was re-tested and the players made the 200-mile journey by road after splitting up into small groups.
However, after their opening win, the FACR added in their statement: “There is great concern that the virus could spread further.”
Czech FA bosses had earlier rejected accusations they did not strictly adhere to guidelines designed to curb the spread of the virus.
The decision by the Czech Republic to call off the game could also cost them points.
UEFA announced last week games should go ahead if teams had at least 13 players available, regardless of the pandemic.
The body added: “The national association that is responsible for the match not taking place or not being played in full will be declared to have forfeited the match by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body unless the latter comes to the conclusion that both or none of the teams is/are responsible for the match not taking place or not being played in full, meaning the match cannot be declared as forfeited.
“If the match cannot be declared as forfeited, the outcome of the match will be decided by drawing of lots (i.e. win 1-0, loss 0-1 or draw 0-0) carried out by the UEFA administration.”
UEFA are awaiting correspondence from the Czech FA following last night’s statement, with Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell having spoken to UEFA officials on Saturday morning.
Fans reacted on social media as Scotland expect to play Czech Republic on Monday despite the Nations League game allegedly being postponed…
Aberdeen and Celtic could play. They were happy to play. They were told not to play. Big difference.
— Craiglg (@diamondsinwaste) September 5, 2020
UEFA’ll make us replay it in the off-season in neutral Monaco… ?
— Matthew Breckenridge (@mtb_hb) September 5, 2020
Only if they are so far out of site that it’s a forgone conclusion again
— mick rooney (@mickr48) September 5, 2020
Please, please think of the fans and cancel it.
— Evan (@EvanMcFarlane) September 4, 2020
Just give them 3 points & spare us 90 minutes of our lives
— Richard ?? (@Thedeathramps72) September 4, 2020
Probably watched us tonight and were worried about showing us how to actually attack a team. They didn’t want to share that new coaching technique called crossing a fucking ball
— Paddy B (@PaddyB1988) September 4, 2020
— Ross Batchelor (@rossbatchelor9) September 4, 2020
Can’t loose your unbeaten run if you don’t play pic.twitter.com/Osh73Ss5AZ
— Tore André Flu (@Fuggins) September 4, 2020
— Box to Box (@BoxToBox_20) September 4, 2020
Check the junk folder
— Kerso (@Kerso19) September 4, 2020
Saw tonight’s performance and shat it
— Adam Reid ? (@adamreiddufc) September 4, 2020
Cancel it, let us have our players back.
— Paul Gemmell ⭐️ (@helenandpaul) September 4, 2020
Have you checked your spam folder?
— Follow Rangers (@RangersFollow) September 4, 2020