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Sturgeon's Covid measures spectacularly backfire as Celtic fans storm football ground

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In a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Scotland brought in attendance caps in large venues from Boxing Day. In Scottish football stadiums, only 500 people are allowed to attend games, meaning thousands will miss out on matches.

On Boxing Day’s Scottish Premiership match with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, Celtic fans ended up in clashes with police.

Originally the travelling Hoops fans attempted to watch the match from a hill outside the stadium in Perth, before officers moved them away.

Armed with flares and sporting banners reading “F**k the SNP”, the fans were eventually dispersed.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers on patrol came across a small group gathered outside the football stadium on Crieff Road, Perth on Sunday 26 December.

“Officers engaged with them and they later dispersed.”

Dave Cormack, Chairman of Aberdeen FC, has already voiced his anger at Ms Sturgeon’s Covid rules for football fans.

He estimated the 500 capacity rule for outdoor venues could cost his club £500,000 in festive revenue.

On Twitter, he said to Ms Sturgeon: “On behalf of Scottish football fans, including those home for Xmas who plan ahead to attend games with their families, we at Aberdeen FC respectfully ask the FM to consider delaying the 500 fan limit on Boxing Day until midnight on 26th.

“Thank you in advance.”

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The Scottish Government will review restrictions on large outdoor events in three weeks.

In a bid to ensure football fans do not miss games, the Scottish football winter break has been brought forward, meaning Boxing Day’s games were the last of 2021.

On December 23, the SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “There are mixed views amongst cinch Premiership clubs about what to do for the best.

“However, a majority favour the postponement of fixtures to give a chance for games scheduled to be played over the festive period to be played in front of fans, once the three-week period of restrictions comes to an end.

“The SPFL Board has agreed to postpone the December 29 and New Year Premiership fixture cards.”

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It comes as Ms Sturgeon’s Covid rules for Boxing Day game into effect, and ahead of further restrictions from December 27.

Restrictions beginning on Boxing Day in Scotland see indoor events limited to 100 people standing or 200 people sitting, with outdoor events capped at 500 people.

One-metre social distancing will be enforced in all venues.

From December 27, there will be additional rules on household mixing.

Groups must be limited to three households.

There will also be social distancing of one metre enforced in hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants, as well as theatres, cinemas and gyms.

Table service will be required in venues that serve alcohol.

The First Minister said she was “so sorry” the rapid spread of the Omicron variant meant people would not be able to enjoy a “fairly normal Christmas” in her festive message.

Douglas Ross, Scottish Tory leader, has called on Ms Sturgeon to tear up her “too cautious” self-isolation rules.

He referenced research by Edinburgh University, which suggested Omicron caused far milder illness than the Delta variant of Covid.



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