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Question reference: S6W-27199

  • Asked by: Bill Kidd, MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 1 May 2024
  • Current status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 2 May 2024


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on work to co-host EURO 2028.


Scotland will co-host EURO 2028 as part of a joint UK and Ireland Championship. The event is expected to take place in Summer 2028 and last around four weeks.

We are working closely with a range of partners, including the UK Government, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland Executive and Irish Government, to deliver EURO 2028.

Some mega sporting events require specific legal protections. For EURO 2028, UEFA has requirements to protect its own and event sponsors’ and licensees’ commercial rights during the event. It also usually requires restrictions on ticket touting. The Scottish Government has today launched a survey at seeking views from anyone with an interest in EURO 2028 commercial rights protection.

UEFA’s requirements for EURO 2028 are not yet confirmed. The proposals set out in the consultation are based on government guarantees made to UEFA when bidding for EURO 2028, and experience from EURO 2020 when Scotland was one of eleven host nations. That event was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For EURO 2028, it is likely UEFA will require protections, including relevant criminal offences and enforcement powers, around:

  • Unauthorised street trading
  • Unauthorised advertising
  • Unauthorised resale of tickets

The survey seeks views on:

  • What the impacts were of the measures put in place for UEFA EURO 2020, which took place in 2021;
  • How business could be impacted by the measures that are likely required by UEFA for EURO 2028; and
  • What kinds of measures and exemptions would be most appropriate to meet likely UEFA requirements.

The survey will be open for 12 weeks, from 2 May 2024 to 26 July 2024.