September 20, 2021

SPFL chief Neil Doncaster says vaccine passport is ‘inaccessible’ due to increasing pressure on Nicola Sturgeon

Neil Doncaster has expressed his concerns over the ‘practice’ of vaccine passports at Scottish grounds.

The SPFL chief says he is not surprised that England has scrapped the move because he believes it is inaccessible.

Neil Doncaster, head of the SPFL.


Neil Doncaster, head of the SPFL.
Nicola Sturgeon is under increasing pressure to lose her vaccine passport.


Nicola Sturgeon is under increasing pressure to lose her vaccine passport.

Health Secretary Sajid Javed revealed that the British government had abandoned plans to introduce passports, which would increase pressure on Nicola Sturgeon.

Currently, they will go into effect on October 1 for Fixtures, which will host more than 10,000 supporters.

And Doncaster used the current alcohol ban in stadiums as a reason it didn’t work for law enforcement.

He believes spectators arrive late after drinking alcohol away from the stadium, making it “very difficult” to check the medical records of thousands of supporters.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday show, he said: “It would not be a surprise to see this morning the announcement by the British government that vaccine passports will be revoked.

“We certainly had a lot of concerns about how practical they are in the context of the external environment.

“Where there is clearly very little evidence that people gather in the outdoor environment, it helps to spread the virus.”

“We are very concerned about the move to introduce a vaccine passport in Scotland. But now that it has been voted out of our concern that it is practically achievable, it is being implemented.

“It’s practical, practical. In Scottish football, we want to help as much as possible in all efforts to combat epidemics and bring society back to normal as soon as possible.

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“Scottish football has been a major supporter of the Scottish Government over the last 18 months.

“We’ve worked together to deal with all sorts of problems caused by Covid 19. But we made it clear that when the idea of ​​vaccine passwords was first silenced, we Thought it was a difficult idea.

Doncaster believes that the extra level of check disrupts fans, with many people setting up routine matchday routines.

He continued: “We have less than three weeks to implement it.

“People arrive late and spectators are not allowed to enjoy drinks in Scottish football stadiums – unlike the rest of Europe.

“So most of the spectators come relatively late and the majority of the spectators usually arrive in this quarter one hour before the kick off.

“With their season book, they will go through a very well-stuck path through normal turn style and they know what to do.

“It may seem easy to introduce something like an external wire with a vaccine passport check control, but in practice it is very difficult.

“We saw in Scotland v Moldova in Hampden that a small change in technology led to queues at the turn style and frustration because people were in need.

“It may work, but spot-checking is the only practical reality. If you expect football clubs to vaccinate 30 or 40,000 people a few minutes before the kick-off, it won’t happen – it can’t happen. ۔

“It’s not really achievable. Spot checking enables clubs to take action.

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