Coronavirus: Confusion over Scotland football match as Czechs cancel game but UEFA insists it's on

The Czech FA said the fixture had been cancelled due to the "current situation with the COVID-19" - without informing Scotland.

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Image: The Scotland players, led by manager Steve Clarke, were due to travel to the Czech Republic on Sunday
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The Scotland football team will play their Nations League match on Monday, UEFA has insisted - after the Czech Republic said the game was off without telling the opposition.

The Czech football association announced on Friday that the fixture had been cancelled due to the "current situation with the COVID-19".

The Scottish FA was taken by surprise by the announcement, saying it had "not received any official notification" that the match was off.

Czech Republik's National football team players celebrate their goal during the UEFA Nations League football match between Slovakia and Czech Republic in Bratislava, Slovakia, on September 4, 2020. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP) (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Czech Republic players celebrate during their 3-1 win over Slovakia on Friday

It came after two Czech footballers were told to self-isolate following contact with a backroom staff member who tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesman for UEFA, European football's governing body, insisted on Saturday that the game will be played.

"The match is going ahead as scheduled," he said.

The Scotland squad, led by manager Steve Clarke, were due to travel to the Czech city of Olomouc on Sunday.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 04:  Ryan Christie of Scotland celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park National Stadium on September 04, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Image: The Scottish FA said they had 'not received any official notification' that the match was off

Their training session at their Oriam base on the outskirts of Edinburgh is to go ahead on Saturday afternoon as scheduled.

The Czech Republic's plans for their Nations League opener with Slovakia - which they won 3-1 on Friday night - were affected after West Ham player Tomas Soucek and RB Leipzig striker Patrik Schick were told to self-isolate.

The Czech FA delayed the departure for Bratislava by 24 hours while the entire squad was re-tested and the players made the 200-mile journey by road after splitting up into small groups.

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The decision by the Czech Republic to call off the Scotland game could cost them points.

UEFA announced last week that games should go ahead if teams had at least 13 players available, regardless of the pandemic.

Only in instances where the team cannot provide 13 players will a game be rescheduled.