Israel says lockdown will not derail Scotland Euro 2020 play-off

September 15 – Israel are happy to travel to fulfil their European Championship play-off against Scotland despite a national lockdown.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new restrictions from Friday for at least three weeks. Scotland are due to host Israel at Hampden Park on October 8.

The winners will face either Norway or Serbia for a place at the delayed Euro 2020, scheduled to take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021.

An Israeli FA spokesman told the BBC: “We do not expect a problem to fly in a chartered plane for an international game, as the Ministry of Culture and Sports will follow the same process as in the case before.”

On Sunday, Netanyahu said new cases of Covid-19 in Israel, which has a population of about nine million, had risen to 4,000 a day.

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