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A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the Carabao Cup final later this month between Tottenham and Manchester City.
The occasion is being used as a pilot event as the government seeks to test fans’ return to soccer stadiums before lockdown restrictions are fully lifted in June.
The Evening standard Report that anyone wishing to attend the Spurs-City clash will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering Wembley, while social distancing guidelines will remain in effect once on the ground.
The exact number of tickets available for the final has yet to be revealed, but between 4,000 and 8,000 tickets are expected to be on sale as the government seeks to test the impact of fans returning to the soccer fields before they the number increases to 10,000 in May.
Another key aspect that the announcement did not address was whether Manchester City fans will be able to travel from Manchester for the game.
The Brent Council, the London authority covering Wembley, has confirmed that the Leicester FA Cup semi-final with Southampton a week before the Carabao Cup final will also be attended by fans, but tickets will only be allocated to local residents, including healthcare workers, Brent’s council. staff, teachers and students over 18 years of age.
Those allowed to attend the Carabao Cup final will be chosen from the same group of people, along with a limited number of City and Spurs fans.
In a short statement issued by the Brent Council, they explained their reasoning for such groups being chosen, writing: “These groups have been chosen because they are largely already on regular probationary regimes.”
The Brent City Council has already written to residents asking if they have any interest in attending the games, and anyone lucky enough to be selected to attend any of the games will receive two tickets to the game.
Despite the announcement about Leicester’s FA Cup clash with Southampton, fans will not be able to attend the other semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City.