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CUP FINAL: HAMPDEN FANS GREEN LIGHT

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UEFA has given the green light for fans to attend the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on Saturday May 22.

Supporters were set to be locked out because the SFA are due to hand over the Euro Finals host stadium to Europe’s ruling body for alterations before the silverware showdown between Hibs and St Johnstone.

However, they were given the news tonight UEFA had agreed to a request to allow some fans into the stadium, according to a report in Sky Sports News.

The SFA has asked the Scottish government for permission to increase the number in attendance to more than 500, which will be the limit on crowds at outdoor events in Scotland from Monday.

A spokesperson said: “We confirm that UEFA has been able to find a solution with the Scottish FA to allow a limited number of spectators for the Scottish Cup Final.”

In response to the news, a spokesperson for Hibs said: “It is positive news to hear UEFA have given approval to the Scottish FA to have limited fans at The Scottish Cup Final.

“We are in regular conversation with the Scottish FA and the precise number of supporters is still to be determined and will depend upon gaining approval from the Scottish government.

“Once we know what the final number is, we will let fans know how we plan to distribute the small number of tickets available. Meantime we would urge supporters not to contact the ticket office on this matter. We will update fans as soon as we possibly can on how we plan to distribute tickets.”

Aberdeen had offered to stage the final when it appeared that fans would be locked out of Hampden, as Scotzine reported earlier today.

The bulk of Scotland’s move to Level 2 restrictions means that the SPFL play-off finals can all take place in front of fans and there are hopes of further relaxations in time for next season.

Crowds of 12,000 are already been planned for the Euro 2020 games at Hampden.

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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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