The strict conditions that may bar many Celtic fans from Ferencvaros trip

By David Walton

September 29, 2021

Many Celtic fans look unlikely to be granted away access for the away clash against Ferencvaros in Hungary this November.

The Hoops will travel to face Peter Stoger’s side on matchday 4 of the Europa League. This will come after home games against Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros respectively.

Celtic fans were left disappointed after being locked out of their matchday 1 venue away to Real Betis. This was due to Covid restrictions in place at the time. And today, the Celtic SLO has provided a grim update on how it looks for visiting fans looking for a trip to Budapest in November:

Effectively, it looks as though Hungary won’t be accepting the UK NHS vaccine for access to the Groupama Arena. That’s despite the fact that it will allow you into Budapest itself.

It’s unclear how this may affect Republic of Ireland-based Celtic supporters or those around Europe and elsewhere in the world.

The decision to deny access to the stadium has been made by the local authorities in Budapest. A decision that will quite rightly leave many Celtic fans with a raised eyebrow.

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We won’t get political on here, we never do. But it would certainly be great to hear the logic behind this decision from officials in Budapest.

After all, it’s proven that being double vaccinated gives you a lesser chance of actually testing positive for Covid. You’re less likely to contract it and transmit the disease to someone else [WHO].

Therefore, if you also provide proof of a negative PCR test? You simply can’t provide any greater proof that you’re not a health risk. So i’s difficult to understand what medical grounds this decision has been made on.

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It’ll be interesting to see whether Celtic actually get an away-fan allocation too. It hasn’t been ruled out that we’ll still actually bag some tickets. However, who can actually buy them and head into the Groupama Stadium remains to be seen.

For many, it’ll be highly-frustrating news after the Betis shutout. When we qualified for the Europa League, many would’ve hoped away trips were back on the agenda for supporters.

Unfortunately, however, it’s proving more frustrating than we would’ve liked.

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