LONDON: This month’s League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will be allowed to host 8,000 spectators as part of pilot events to pave the way for the return of large crowds to the stadiums, the British government said on Sunday .
The final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London on 25 April. It was supposed to be played on February 28, but was pushed back in the hope that a later date would allow fans to attend.
“The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has given the green light for 8,000 spectators to attend as part of the UK government’s event research program,” City said in a statement.
Tickets will be available for Tottenham and City fans, as well as local stadium residents and National Health Service (NHS) workers.
The trial, which will take place in nine events, including the FA Cup final and a semi-final, will be used to assess whether large events can be held indoors without distancing oneself socially.
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton on 18 April will welcome 4,000 attendees, while the crowd of 21,000 will be allowed in the final on 15 May. Both matches will be held at Wembley. – Reuters