Thousands of Scotland supporters made their way down to the capital for the game. And despite Covid restrictions and a limited number of tickets being available for the game at Wembley, Scotland fans turned up in their droves and took over parts of central London in the absence of an official fan zone.
During her Covid briefing on Friday, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon urged her fellow Scots to be “respectful” and said “don’t behave in a way that’s going to make their Covid problem worse.” The Metropolitan Police had advised fans to only travel to London if they had a ticket for the game, and message seemingly roundly ignored.
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Michael McClean from Inverness told BBC Scotland: “It’s an amazing atmosphere so far. I think it seems that they’ve underestimated how many would travel down for the game. It feels like a normal football occasion. It doesn’t feel like there’s a pandemic on, which I don’t think is good in a way, but it’s definitely good to enjoy an occasion after a year-and-a-half.”
Emma Best of the London Assembly and the Conservative group’s spokeswoman on health estimated that 20,000 Scotland fans will be in London over the next few days adding that there are concerns given the spread of the Delta variant. “I think it is concerning and we do need to do what we can to control the Delta variant,” she said.
“Like it or not, Scottish fans - and we must say English fans as well from across the country - will be in London in their thousands and so we do need a plan to manage that as carefully as possible.”
Dispersal orders have been issued to give police extra powers to break up any groups deemed to be causing a disturbance.