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SCOTLAND LEGEND BACKS UEFA CALL

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SCOTLAND legend Willie Miller insists UEFA had no option but to postpone the Euro 2020 play-offs.

Steve Clarke’s side were due to meet Israel in the semi-final at Hampden in early June.

A victory would have earned the Scots a match against the winners of Serbia and Norway for the right to play in next year’s finals.

Before the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the game against Nir Bitton and his fellow-Israelis was due to take place in Glasgow on Thursday March 26 with the Final pencilled in four five days later.

However, following a video conference meeting with all UEFA’s 55 member nations yesterday, the call was made to postpone all internationals and club competitions until further notice.

Aberdeen icon Miller, capped 65 times by his country, reckons the prospect of playing matches in June, with resultant overseas travel, was never realistic.

The former captain and manager of the Pittodrie club, speaking to the Evening Express, said: “Postponing the Euro play-offs and all internationals was the right decision.

“You only have to look at the health of Europe as a continent.

“To try to envisage playing qualifiers in the short-term was just not practical.

“It was a decision UEFA maybe had to reluctantly make, but it is a call that has been staring them in the face for a number of weeks.

“Italy and Spain are sadly on their knees with coronavirus and Britain is bracing for the peak over the next few weeks.

“Then you have to factor in the amount of time to come out of that and then be safe for major gatherings. I cannot see how overseas travel can be anticipated at this time.

“We are going to need a number of weeks and months before that becomes any clearer.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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