Football fans will down 3.4 million beers in pubs and bars watching England take on Scotland at the Euros but have been told: no booing, singing or cheering.

Despite the drama of football’s oldest rivals meeting for the first time at a tournament since 1996, landlords face £1,000 Covid fines if crowds go wild.

Bar owner Leon Kelly, who invested in a 96-seat marquee with big screens, was visited by council licensing officers who told him fans must be quiet, stay seated and wear masks if they get up from their seats.

‘How on earth am I supposed to do that? Do I pause when someone’s about to take a shot and warn everyone to be quiet?’

Mr Kelly, owner of Level One in Darwen, told the officers he had ‘no chance’ of stopping cheering. He added: ‘I told them, just give me the fine now.’

Gary Johnston, Blackburn and Darwen’s council’s lead for environment and public protection, said ‘singing and shouting’ risked transmitting Covid as the marquee was partially enclosed.

He warned: ‘A clear failure to protect staff and customers could potentially lead to action under health and safety legislation.’

The department for business urged landlords to adhere to current advice, saying: ‘Public safety must remain our priority.’

Last night, Scotland fans arriving in London for tonight’s Wembley clash sang their adopted anthem Yes Sir, I Can Boogie. England fans will chorus Three Lions at the stadium.

But the ban on singing and cheering in indoor venues came under fire from the British Beer and Pub Association’s chief executive Emma McClarkin, who warned clampdowns would ‘crush the atmosphere’.

The association expects fans to buy 3.4 million pints tonight.

Families watching at home or in small groups outdoors — despite forecast of heavy rain — will give retailers a ‘welcome boost’, the British Retail Consortium said.

Brits will spend an extra £400 million during the Euros, including £189 million on food, £108 million on drink for home and £63 million in pubs and sports bars, The Centre for Retail Research believes.

It comes a tickets for the England vs Scotland clash are being sold at more than 60 times their face value — but they may not even be valid.

Two £60 e-tickets were offered for £7,500 on eBay. The seller said they ‘will be transferred via your email address through the Euro 2020 ticket app as soon as the payment has been received. Can’t go due to baby being due around this week… so too much risk lol.’

A bidding war for another pair hit nearly £2,000.

Uefa allows isolating or sick people transfer tickets to family or friends, but only via its app and said it will cancel illicit resales. eBay has since removed the listings.

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