SFA refuse to let police reschedule England v Scotland game at Hampden Park
Police Scotland were worried about the potential for trouble among boozed-up Auld Enemy fans given that the match at Hampden kicks off at 5pm on a Saturday.
They requested that a new kick-off time and date be found during a meeting with the SFA last month.
But, following discussions with UEFA, Hampden chiefs decided to stick with Plan A.
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: “Right at the outset they expressed a preference for the match to be moved completely, but we explained that wasn’t possible.
“They then asked if the kick-off time could be moved, but we are going with 5 o’clock on Saturday.
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“That has been the scheduled time since the end of 2015 and we will do everything possible together to make sure that the match goes off cleanly.
“If it is anything like the Scottish Cup Final it will be a magnificent spectacle.
“They expressed concern about the fixture taking place on a Saturday afternoon and taking place at 5pm.
“We made representations to UEFA, and their view, like ours, was that this match had been in the calendar since 2015, it is still going to take place on a Saturday, and to shift the kick-off time, in our opinion, wouldn’t have made a material impact.
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They asked if the kick-off time could be moved, but we are going with 5 o’clock on Saturday
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan
“They have accepted that position and as the police normally do, because we have a very good working relationship with them, they have agreed to police the fixture the best way they possibly can.
“I cannot speak highly enough of the relationships we have with the police, they have been excellent to deal with.”
Security will be tight at Hampden following the recent terrorist attacks.
Regan added: “It’s the most heightened or upweighted security operation I’ve been involved in during my time in Scotland.”