Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon warned ‘coronavirus is not a fan of Scotland or England’s men’s football team’, as she urged fans to be careful, especially if watching the game indoors.
‘Remember to take the basic precautions, keep the windows open, wash your hands regularly and please be especially careful around people who are not yet fully vaccinated or who might be more vulnerable,’ she said.
‘And be careful if, or hopefully when, Scotland score some goals.’
She added: ‘I know these precautions are tiresome for everybody in every context and they’re particularly tiresome when people are trying to enjoy the normal pleasures of a football match.
‘But this virus, it doesn’t care about football – it’s not a Scotland fan or an England fan, it only cares about spreading from one person to another.’
The much-anticipated match, the 115th in international football’s oldest rivalry, is the first time the two sides have met in a major tournament since Euro 96, when Paul Gascoigne’s famous goal sealed a 2-0 win.
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