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Coronavirus Scotland: Vaccine passport spot checks could be used for football crowds

SPOT CHECKS could be used to check the vaccine passports of football fans, Scotland’s health secretary said on Monday.

Humza Yousaf said the Scottish government is happy to engage with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) and that spot checks are one of the options they are “absolutely” happy to consider.

It comes after SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said the organisation is “concerned” about the practicalities of delivering the scheme and said spot-checking is the only way it can be done.

Mr Doncaster is calling for spot checks on fans rather than blanket inspections of vaccine certification, warning that the latter would risk “disorder” as fans become frustrated, since most turn up shortly before kick-off.

The Scottish Parliament voted last week to bring vaccine passports in for nightclubs and larger events from October 1.

This includes outdoor events of more than 10,000, which will cover football matches involving larger clubs.

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