Report: Celtic supporters' European away days set to return
Celtic fans are set to be allowed to travel for European away games this season, according to the Football Supporters Europe network (FSE).
During the previous campaign, there was a blanket ban on away fans in all UEFA matches. Celtic also went through their Champions League and Europa League qualifying campaign without being allowed to visit Midtjylland, Jablonec, and AZ Alkmaar respectively.
However, the FSE are reporting that away fans will be permitted to attend European club competition matches starting from next week. This means that the Hoops should be allowed an allocation for next Thursday’s game against Real Betis.
UEFA have yet to make an official announcement on the issue. However, considering tourists can travel to many European countries at the moment, now is the perfect time to continue football’s reopening.
The FSE reports that local restrictions and travel requirements may still apply. But Celtic have fixtures in Spain, Germany, and Hungary respectively. Germany is on the UK’S green list whilst Hungary and Spain are both currently on the amber list. This means fans can travel to all destinations provided they’ve been fully vaccinated.
Celtic away days in Europe close to a return?
It remains to be seen if UEFA comment on this. But they’re making this official, it needs to be done quickly. The first set of group stage matches takes place in just over a week’s time.
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Celtic fans of course will be delighted if they’re able to follow Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys in the Europa League. It will add yet more normality to a sport that’s slowly finding its feet again after the pandemic.
Celtic tend to raise their game in Europe when they have their fans’ backing. This is the case both at Celtic Park and in our away fixtures too.
Of course, the news will also mean that Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, and Ferencvaros will also be allowed to have fans at Celtic Park too. Again, this would be another promising return to normality.
The FSE is an independent, representative and democratically organised grass-roots network of football fans in Europe with members in currently 48 countries across the continent. They initially called for an end to the ban on football supporters for away games several days ago.
The rules will also apply to national team matches.
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