A few weeks ago, the big news was the announcement that the Football Association was to allow a small number of fans into Wembley Stadium on Sunday, April 25 for the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Now, we have some details on how that will work.
According to the BBC, while the max attendance at Wembley will be capped at 8,000 fans, City and Spurs will both be allowed 2000 supporters each into the ground. The remaining 4,000 fans will be given to local fans in the borough of Brent, and to National Health System workers.
However, attendance will be restricted to fans 18 and over, and will not include “people who are clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant.” Supporters who wish to attend will need to apply for one of the limited tickets available, will need to consent to sign a waiver, and will need to show proof of two negative COVID-19 tests in the days leading up to the final before they are allowed entrance to the stadium.
The Carabao Cup final is considered one of the government’s Test Events intended to gauge the feasibility of having more public matches and events with people in attendance. The FA Cup final on May 15 is presently expected to play host to 21,000 fans.
Here’s the part where I make a joke about 2000 Spurs fans finally given the opportunity to voice their displeasure at Jose Mourinho. Hahaha, aren’t I witty.