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Fifa And Uefa Have Put A Ban On Visiting Fans For The World Cup Qualifiers Next Month

Due to coronavirus fears, FIFA and UEFA have advised national associations that travelling fans would not be permitted to attend international matches next month.
Early September will see the start of European World Cup qualifying, less than two months after Italy defeated England to win Euro 2020.
As part of their Group I triple-header, England will visit Hungary and Poland, with thousands of fans registering to attend the matches in Budapest and Warsaw.
After notice from FIFA and UEFA, England fans would not be permitted to travel to witness the Three Lions play next month. But, the Football Association has confirmed that there will be no visiting supporters.
‘Following long negotiations with the appropriate parties, we have gained clarity from FIFA and UEFA regarding visiting supporters for our next away encounters against Hungary and Poland,’ the FA wrote in a statement to fans.
‘Unfortunately, we must notify you that no visiting fans will be permitted to attend any of these matches.’
As a result, the FA will not be given a ticket allocation to sell to its members.
‘This decision applies to all international fixtures in September and will be examined again for games in October and November.’ Scotland also travels to Lithuania for a World Cup qualification before a friendly in Estonia in September. Northern Ireland also travels to Lithuania for a World Cup qualifier before a friendly in Estonia in September.
The national team will be back in action less than two months after their Euro 2020 defeat. Gareth Southgate’s side will return to work without the backing of travelling fans. Wales has a qualifier in Belarus following a friendly against Finland, while Portugal hosts the Republic of Ireland in a qualifier.
Football’s world and European governing bodies wrote to national associations in a letter posted by the FA, saying: ‘FIFA and UEFA have been closely watching the progress of the epidemic in Europe ahead of the UEFA preliminary tournament matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022, which will take place in the next September international window.’
‘Because to recent Covid-19 surges across Europe, as well as the huge number of matches scheduled for the September international window, it has been determined to adopt the same strategy to all matches as decided by the UEFA executive committee on June 14, 2021 (i.e.
three matchdays) of the UEFA preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup 2022, as well as friendly matches taking place within that international window, thus prioritizing the safety of all those participating in these unpredictable times.’

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