England-Scotland

FA funds banners for England-Scotland

June 17, 2013
By ESPN staff

The Football Association has said it will cover the costs of two giant banners, one for England fans and another for their Scottish counterparts, when the two teams meet in a Wembley friendly in August.

Wembley Stadium
GettyImagesEngland and Scotland will meet at Wembley in August

The game is being staged as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations - it also marks the Scottish FA's 140th - and English football's governing body wants to encourage a good atmosphere.

That plan will also include provisions to enable members of England and Scotland bands to bring their instruments, which are not allowed under normal ground regulations, into the stadium.

FA spokesman Stuart Mawhinney told the organisation's official website: "England and Scotland is the oldest international fixture in world football, and it is only fitting to stage the game this year.

"Celebrating 150 years of the FA and 140 years of the Scottish FA, we fully expect it to be a wonderful occasion. It is only right that supporters from both teams are able to share in the special night at Wembley.

"We regularly welcome the England supporters' group, who play instruments, to Wembley, and have worked with clubs and fan groups on a case by case basis to facilitate entry for personalised items not permitted within the stadium ground regulations.

"There is a process in place for every fixture and, with prior notice and agreement to the specific criteria, they are permitted entry and to play within the stadium in pre-agreed areas.

"The FA will cover the costs of two large crowd-surfing banners, one for each team, for this fixture."