Celtic confirm proof of vaccination will be needed for Ferencvaros tie

By Euan Davidson

October 14, 2021

Celtic have confirmed that supporters will need evidence of Covid vaccination for the game against Ferencvaros.

The match, which will be played at the unusual time of 3.30 on a Tuesday, will require the use of Vaccine passports. It’ll be the first time Celtic fans will be legally required to show such evidence of vaccination.

The club announced within the hour [Celtic FC]:

“As Celtic prepare for UEFA Europa League Matchday 3 on Tuesday, October 19, supporters attending the match versus Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park are advised that updated Government legislation is now in place.

“This new legislation means that any supporter attending matches at Celtic Park (and other stadia with crowds of 10,000 or more) should be fully vaccinated and be prepared to provide visual proof of this to gain entry to the stadium, unless exempt.

“Celtic FC are obliged to follow Scottish Government legislation and would like to thank our supporters in advance for their patience, co-operation and understanding.”

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The acceptable forms of vaccination evidence will be either a printed certificate, a digital copy of their certificate, or through the NHS Scotland app. The app was brought out on the 5th of October, with a litany of issues for users [BBC].

Exemptions will be made, of course. Those aged under 18 do not qualify. Nor do folk who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons or those taking part in vaccine trials.

Celtic cannot risk breaching Government advice on vaccination evidence for Ferencvaros tie

The stakes in a pandemic are always high. Especially for institutions who rely on foot traffic to fund the club. Football clubs like Celtic are the most obvious example of this.

Add in COP26, and the eyes of the world are on Glasgow. In terms of PR, risking a Covid outbreak at a football match during the global summit would be a disaster for Celtic.

Therefore, it may sound draconian or harsh, depending on your point of view. But Celtic have a health responsibility here. Match-day revenue is the lifeblood of the club. Risking getting football closed again? It isn’t worth thinking about.

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Equally, it’s important for those who felt unsure about coming back to Celtic games. It’s oft forgotten that there are still plenty of people with reasonable anxieties about crowded public spaces.

It’ll be interesting to see how fans react here. There seemed to be relief about the contrary message regarding the Motherwell game.

Either way, Celtic supporters will have to adapt. It’ll be a controversial move.

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