UEFA officially confirm lifting of away fan ban as Celtic watch on

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

UEFA have officially confirmed that the ban on all away support in European ties has now been lifted ahead of Real Betis vs Celtic next week.

Betis have yet to publicly announce how many Hoops supporters will be allowed into their Benito Villamarin Stadium next Thursday. However, it’s been confirmed by UEFA that they won’t be banned from entering.

This comes after a report from the Football Supporters Europe network yesterday stating the ban had been lifted.

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But now it’s been put into official writing by UEFA. They state that the Executive Committee have approved amendments to their UEFA return to play protocol. This is due to the ongoing success of the vaccination campaigns around Europe.

UEFA have instead left it to local and government authorities to make a decision on the attendance of away supporters.

The official word from UEFA came only hours after Livingston confirmed they would provide Celtic fans with an allocation for the Tony Macaroni Arena clash later this month.

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UEFA confirm the news Celtic fans wanted to hear

Hopefully, there can be some protocols and a format put in place by Betis to allow Celtic fans to travel for the game.

As things stand, British travellers can travel to Spain and visit. So long of course as they’ve been fully vaccinated. The Spanish are also happy for vaccinated tourists to stay without quarantining. So long of course as they test negative via a PCR test.

That’s as good as it will get at this stage. And with UEFA lifting the ban on away fans, the Hoops will finally get some supporters at their group stage matches. Something that’s essential if we’re to bag a big away day or two this year.

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No details have as of yet been revealed by Betis for next week’s game. But considering there are only nine days between now and then, work needs to be put into place immediately so supporters can prepare to travel out.

Celtic haven’t had supporters at a European away match since Copenhagen in February 2020. The last match they had visiting fans outright was against Livingston a month later.

Now, everything is set to change. Football is returning back to full normality.

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