FA Cup semi-finals to be part of pilot events for crowd return with up to 10,000 set to be allowed entry to Wembley with the final itself under consideration for 20,000 fans
- Football fans will be present in limited numbers for the FA Cup semi-finals
- The two matches have reportedly been added to a shortlist of test events
- FA Cup final itself and the World Snooker Championship are also on the list
- It is reported the Government are considering having 20,000 fans at the final
The semi-final matches of the FA Cup are reported to have been added to a list of a events to pilot the return of large-scale crowds at sporting events.
Four matches remain in football’s oldest cup competition, which concludes at Wembley Stadium in May.
The semi-finals join the FA Cup final itself and the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on the schedule, as report the BBC.
The FA Cup semi-finals have been added to a list of a events to pilot the return of fans
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea meet Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday, 17 April, with Southampton and Leicester City playing on the Sunday which follows.
This week culture secretary Oliver Dowden said more pilot events would be announced later this week.
The Government is seeking confirmation from that the next stage of the planned easing of restrictions on 12 April is on track.
Up to 10,000 fans will be permitted inside Wembley with the possibility of 20,000 for the final
As recently reported by Sportsmail, Whitehall sources stress that fans will not be put at risk, with test events across sports and the arts starting small and the data examined at every stage as the numbers ramp up.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Number 10 are determined to proceed as quickly as possible with an eye on the showpiece Euro 2020 final at Wembley on July 11.
The trials will use an adapted version of the NHS app, which will certify if a person has been vaccinated or tested negative.
The app can then be used to analyse any incidence of the disease or spread of Covid infections resulting from the event.
They will also trial rapid lateral-flow tests and potentially, home-testing kits.
The provision for test events is included in the government’s roadmap to lifting lockdown measures and they will be crucial to enabling high-profile events, like Euro 2020 to accommodate large crowds.