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Scotland vs Israel Euro 2025 qualifier delayed after protestor chained

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Scotland’s Euro 2025 qualifier with Israel at Hampden Park was delayed after a protestor chained themselves to a goalpost before kick-off.

The incident took place prior to the pre-match national anthems where a man appeared to have put the chain around his neck making removing it challenging for the police.

The individual – who was wearing a ‘Red Card for Israel’ shirt – was removed by police at 7:20pm, 15 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time.

Both sets of players had returned to the changing rooms during the disruption, while protests continued outside the stadium. The match kicked off at 7.35pm.

The match is being played behind closed doors after the stadium’s operations team were “alerted to the potential for planned disruptions to the match”.

UEFA had ordered the game to go ahead despite protestors expected to gather and call for Israel to be expelled from international football amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Earlier this month the Scottish FA said it made the decision to play without fans following “extensive security consultations”, while police said that plans were in place to “maintain public safety and minimise any disruption to the community”.

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The return fixture has been moved to the BSC Stadium in Budapest, Hungary on June 4.

Scotland go into the matches looking to take six points from the two games to boost their play-off hopes with the team level on points with group leaders Serbia in Group F.

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