Penalty shoot-OUTSIDE! Scotland fans cheer and chant while forced to watch team’s tense 5-3 victory over Israel through pub’s WINDOWS after it shut for 10pm curfew
- Footage shows the tightly-packed crowd outside Nico’s Café Bar in Glasgow
- Fans – who are watching a TV through the windows – celebrate when goal goes in
- It comes as a ban on indoor drinking in Scotland’s belt begins at 6pm today
This is the moment Scotland fans cheered and chanted while forced to watch their side’s tense 5-3 penalty win over Israel through a pub’s windows after it kicked them out for the 10pm curfew.
Footage shows the tightly-packed crowd singing Flower of Scotland outside Nico’s Café Bar in Glasgow before suddenly bursting into a celebration after the winning kick went in the net.
The match had kicked off at 7.45pm, meaning that pubs were having to close during penalties. It was the last night before new rules come into force banning bars and restaurants from selling alcohol indoors for 16 days.
Footage shows the tightly-packed crowd singing Flower of Scotland outside Nico’s Café Bar based in Glasgow
Last night’s Euro 2020 qualifier victory at Hampton, which saw midfielder Kenny McLean score the winning kick, puts Scotland a game away from their first major finals since 1998.
The footage of people tightly packed together generated criticism on Twitter from people pointing out the lack of social distancing.
It came as groups enjoyed the chance to have one final pint in Glasgow and Edinburgh last night before the indoor alcohol ban comes into place at 6pm this evening.
Nicola Sturgeon imposed the two-week alcohol ban inside pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas.
The North of England also faces tougher anti-Covid measures, with tens of thousands of venues across the region threatened with temporary closure from next week.
The crowd – who are watching a big screen through the windows – burst into cheers after the winning kick went in the net
The move has risked a huge amount of jobs and seen Chancellor Rishi Sunak poised to announce a new local furlough scheme, expected to pay two thirds of the wages of employees unable to work in lockdown.
Sources at the Treasury have already confirmed he will be making an announcement later on how he intends to ‘provide a safety net’ for businesses which ‘may have to close in the coming weeks’.
Mr Sunak will also seem likely to be dismayed by new Office of National Statistics figures that have dashed hopes of a V-shaped recovery to the economy after lockdown.
Worrying statistics showed gross domestic product rose by just 2.1% in August compared with the previous month’s 6.6% – confounding economists’ hopes for a monthly growth rate of 4.6%.
Nicola Sturgeon has imposed the two-week alcohol ban inside pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas. It will begin tonight