By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Carabao final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City set for April 25 at Wembley Stadium, will be used as an official test event to see if fans can return to stadiums, UK media has confirmed. Reports indicate Britain was looking forward to easing its lockdown.
The clash between the two teams was originally lined up to be played without spectators in line with Covid-19 protocols.
However, the UK government has approved the attendance of 8,000 fans to watch the match.
A statement released on Sunday read, “A limited number of fans will be permitted to attend the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley following the match’s approval as an official test event.
“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 Events Research Programme.
“A proportion of these tickets will be made available to both finalists.
“Remaining tickets will be for groups including local residents in Brent and similarly NHS staff, who will be offered tickets as a ‘thank-you’ for the incredible service that has been provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Despite this, football in England is currently played behind closed doors since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown last year.