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Football fans without tickets for Euro 2020 games should not travel to London while coronavirus restrictions remain in place, a senior police officer has warned.

Laurence Taylor, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner told LBC radio those not abiding by the rules would be “policed”.

He said: “We’re asking people to work with us.

"We know people want to come and enjoy it, but all the events in London are ticketed only and, with the current Covid restrictions, spaces in pubs and bars will be limited.

“So if people don’t have tickets, we would ask them not to come to London.”

England fans draped in flags during the Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Croatia last week
(Image: Getty Images)

His comments came ahead of the England versus Scotland game at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.

Mr Taylor said events with large crowds, often where alcohol is consumed, create “policing challenges” but that the force has a “robust plan” in place.

Asked about fans potentially gathering in the capital, such as the scenes seen in Trafalgar Square in previous years, he said: “The fan zone is a ticketed event only and is only available for a small number of people to ensure that it is Covid-compliant and works within its risk assessment.

“People gathering around in larger groups outside of Covid restrictions can expect to be policed.”

It comes as the Government this week announced the easing of restrictions in England would now not be lifted on 21 June.

The four-week delay has been prompted by the rise in Covid cases, driven by the more transmissible Delta variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be a review of the situation after two weeks.

While he insisted he was “confident” the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks he did not rule out the possibility of pushing the date back further.

Scotland fans are expected to travel down to London
(Image: PA)

He added that going ahead with stage four of the roadmap on June 21 could mean “a real possibility” that the virus outruns the vaccines leading to thousands more otherwise avoidable deaths.

A delay would give the NHS a few more weeks as more people are vaccinated.

Following the announcement of the delay to lockdown lifting in England on Monday, Mr Johnson said: "We will monitor the position every day and if, after two weeks, we have concluded that the risk has diminished, then we reserve the possibility of proceeding to step four and a full opening sooner.”

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Despite restrictions remaining until July 19, there are some exceptions to events and entertainment.

Fifteen pilot events including some of the Euro 2020 games are continuing as planned.

As well as the Euros, Wimbledon and some arts and music performances are piloting the scheme which means attendees have to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to be allowed entry.