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Marine will have to ensure his stadium is Covid-19 protected before his FA Cup match with Tottenham in January or else he will risk the historic tie being played elsewhere.
The out-of-league team took on José Mourinho’s Spurs on Monday night, providing the tantalizing prospect of Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min lining up at Rossett Park, which has just over 3,000. fanatics.
Current government guidelines state that fans will be allowed to attend games in outdoor venues, with a maximum of 2,000 (or half capacity) allowed after the second national shutdown.
With Merseyside at Level 2, Marine can technically welcome fans to Rossett Park, but only if social distancing is possible. This is unlikely given their capacity is just over 3,000, and Liverpool’s Anfield and Tranmere’s Prenton Park have been touted as alternative options by Soccer London.
The initial joy shown by Marine and his fans at being able to host Tottenham on their humble ground may eventually prove short-lived, as the possibility of playing at Anfield has been discussed.
Talking to BBC Northwest, Navy manager Neil Young expressed his initial joy over the draw. He said: “It is a dream for our football club.
“If we can celebrate at home, that is our preference, I think it is very important for our football club to allow the fans to watch this football match. It is highly unlikely that it will happen again.”
“Ideally we would have it at home, that’s the key, but I think it’s important that we get our fans to watch this game.”
With Marine ninth in Division One North West of the Premier League North West and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League, the 167 spots that separate them are the largest between two opponents in FA Cup history.