Uefa insists Scotland's game in Czech Republic must go ahead

Attempt by hosts to call game off look like being thwarted

Scotland manager Steve Clarke's Nations League plans have been thrown into disarray.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke's Nations League plans have been thrown into disarray.

Uefa has insisted that Scotland's Nations League match against the Czech Republic on Monday will go ahead as scheduled.

Steve Clarke's plans were thrown into disarray late on Friday night when the Czech FA declared the fixture set to be staged in Olomouc had been called off amid a coronavirus threat.

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But European football's governing body is adamant the game will be played.

In a statement to the PA news agency, a spokesman said: "The match is going ahead as scheduled."

Clarke's squad were due to travel to Olomouc on Sunday. The squad's training session at their Oriam training base on the outskirts of Edinburgh is to go ahead on Saturday afternoon as scheduled.

The Czech's plans for their Nations League opener with Slovakia on Friday night were affected after West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek and RB Leipzig striker Patrik Schick were told to self-isolate following contact with a backroom staff member who tested positive for the virus.

The Czech FA delayed the departure for Bratislava by 24 hours while the entire squad was retested and the players made the 200-mile journey by road after splitting up into small groups.

Czech Republic won 3-1 against Slovakia in Bratislava on Friday night.

However, after their opening 3-1 win, the Czech FA announced the team would not be facing the Scots "due to representatives' decision and the current situation with the Covid-19".

Friday night's declaration took the Scottish Football Association by surprise.

But it is understood that Hampden chiefs are also working on the understanding that the game at the Andruv Stadion will now be going ahead, with a statement expect shortly.

The Czechs risk forfeiting points should they not take to the field on Monday night.

Uefa last week announced principles for scenarios where Covid-19 affected fixtures, stating that a game would go ahead as long as a team had at least 13 players available, including a goalkeeper.

If a national team does not have 13 players, the match will be rescheduled, and if it cannot then Uefa's disciplinary body will take a decision.

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