Gibraltar Scots Euro 2016 Fixture

Last updated : 29 October 2014 By Queens Mad



Scotland's final Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar will take place in Faro, the Gibraltar Football Association has confirmed.

There were fears the match on October 11, 2015 may be moved to London because of issues Gibraltar have encountered hosting their "home" matches at Estádio Algarve.

Supporters of the Gibraltar national side complained of heavy-handed security procedures during their opening qualifier against Poland.

However a new security firm was brought in for the loss to Georgia with the governing body confirming cash disputes with the Portuguese FA and UEFA had been resolved.

A Gibraltar FA statement said: "Following speculation that matches may be moved to venues in London, the GFA would like to confirm that the European Qualifiers against Germany (13th June 2015), the Republic of Ireland (4th September 2015) and Scotland (11th October 2015) will take place at the Estadio do Algarve in Faro/Loule, Portugal.

"The two issues of concern regarding the continued use of the Estadio do Algarve have now been resolved to the GFA’s satisfaction. Concerns over VAT and other tax issues have been resolved following discussions with the Portuguese FA, Portuguese tax authorities and UEFA.

"Concerns over security arrangements have also been resolved after the GFA contracted a new security company to deal with security at the stadium on match-days. The new company performed satisfactorily during the recent match versus Georgia and the feedback received by the GFA from our supporters was very positive in that respect."

Gibraltarian officials said they received correspondence from the Scottish FA urging them to keep the game in Portugal as fans had already booked trips for the game.

They added: "Furthermore, the GFA had also received representations from the German, Irish and Scottish FAs on behalf of German, Irish and Scottish fans who had already booked flights and made accommodation arrangements in Portugal. The GFA will now provide those FAs with assurances that the matches will take place in Portugal.

"Given all these considerations, the GFA is content to continue using the Estadio do Algarve as our “home” stadium, until such time as there is a stadium in Gibraltar which meets with UEFA’s approval for the hosting of competitive international matches."