The Scottish FA has received confirmation from UEFA that the Nations League tie against Czech Republic will go ahead as planned in Olomouc on Monday, 7 September.
Since news emerged on the official channels of the Football Association of the Czech Republic, Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell has been liaising with UEFA’s Deputy General Secretary, Giorgio Marchetti, and Director of National Associations, Zoran Lakovic.
This culminated in confirmation from UEFA that the match will be played in compliance with UEFA’s COVID-19 protocols.
Steve Clarke and the squad have continued to prepare for the match as planned today. Scottish FA Chief Medical Consultant, Dr John MacLean, has also received assurances from UEFA that the Czech Republic will comply with COVID-19 testing protocols ahead of the match for all squad members and staff.
Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell: “We were as surprised as UEFA to learn of the statement posted on the official FACR channels last night. Following extensive conversations late last night and this morning we have received categorical assurance that the match goes ahead.
“Furthermore, Czech Republic have confirmed they will be able to fulfil their obligations to the match and, more importantly, to the stringent COVID-19 testing regime that is sacrosanct to ensure the safety of our players and staff.
“While we empathise with all national associations during this period of global uncertainty, none the less we required and received absolute assurance that we will be entering a safe and secure environment having worked diligently in Scotland to maintain safety and adherence to UEFA’s necessary COVID-19 protocols.”