Security fears force Scots to close Hampden’s doors for Nations League visit of Israel

May 21 – Israel’s visit to Scotland for a Euro 2025 qualifying game on May 31 will be played behind closed doors because of security concerns amid public protests over Israel’s continued military operation in Gaza.

The Scottish FA says the decision was made after its “stadium operations team were alerted to the potential for planned disruptions” at the Group B2 game in the UEFA Nations League.

The return game, which is scheduled to be played in Hungary on June 4, is also to be played without fans.

The SFA says it had “no option” but to play the Hampden match behind closed doors because of the updated intelligence and “following extensive security consultations with all key parties”.

“Measures are in place to provide an automatic and full refund to those supporters who have already purchased tickets for this match,” it added.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the decision, but the safety of supporters, players, team staff and officials is of paramount importance.”

Scotland are level on points with Serbia at the top of their group after one win and a draw, with Israel bottom after two defeats.

A statement from the Scottish FA added: “Due to updated intelligence and following extensive security consultations with all key parties, the Scottish FA regrets to confirm that the forthcoming UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifier between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on May 31 will now be played behind closed doors.”

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