Wembley for the League Cup final, but not as we know it!

Supporter, but not necessarily all Tottenham supporters, to be allowed back into Wembley for the Carabao Cup final

A limited number of Spurs and Man City fans to attend on 25 April

Wembley stadium

A pilot event at Wembley will see crowds back in (hurray!) but not as we know it.

Wembley is ready to welcome crowds back this month (April). The Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham is set to have a limited number of clubs’ fans. However, the virus’s total relaxation will not take effect until May to allow stadiums across the country to open their turnstiles again for the first time in 2021 with a maximum of 10,000 spectators. Loyalty won’t be a factor, but if you are lucky to be drawn in the Football raffle, Bob’s your uncle.

But the pilot events at Wembley will be used to assess coronavirus testing procedures on fans that will eventually allow for far bigger crowds to be welcomed back.

Brent council wrote to residents this week asking them to register their interest in attending the two games. For the FA Cup semi-final on 18 April, 4,000 tickets are due to be allocated locally, including to Brent council staff, those working in the health sector, teachers, students over the age of 18 and residents of Wembley Park, which includes apartment blocks surrounding the stadium, but, unfortunately, those that pay for their season tickets are put at the bottom of the list or not at all.

“These groups have been chosen as they are largely already in regular testing regimes,” Brent council said. “The second event will have a larger capacity and also include fans.”

The council said each attendee had to return a negative lateral flow Covid-19 test 24 hours before attending the game and show proof to gain entry. They will also need to take a PCR home test after the event.

Each successful applicant will receive two tickets for each match. The Carabao Cup final is on 25 April. The other FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be closed to spectators on 17 April.

To be honest, it is a total cockup. Loyalty isn’t the order of the day, but money, and limited amounts of money at that. We are now living in a different world where everything is dictated by Big Brother. George Orwell’s infamous book is becoming a reality in Covid-19 Britain and probably post Covid-19 as well. The clubs are more interested in money than their fans’ loyalty, so they will expect anything so long as it is cash. Remember the song, “Money, money, money in a Rich arena’s world”.

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