March 23 – Next month’s English League Cup final could become the nation’s first showpiece match in months to be played out in front of a limited number of fans as a test case, according to press reports.
The game on April 25 between holders Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur was not on the government’s original list of potential pilot events as part of the country’s roadmap out of lockdown.
That was due to be the more prestigious FA Cup final three weeks later on May 15 but the English Football League has been campaigning for its final to also have fans present.
Were it to get the green light, government restrictions would limit attendance to a maximum of 10,000 though reports suggest City fans might not be allowed to travel from Manchester to London due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Man City won their third successive League Cup final on March 1 last year in front of a full capacity crowd at Wembley, three weeks before the first lockdown hit the UK.
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