Tottenham and Manchester City ‘get 2,000 tickets each for the Carabao Cup final at Wembley… but City fans must head to London in special Covid-secure transport’
- Fans of both teams must prove they are free from coronavirus to attend final
- Wembley match on April 25 will act as a pilot event for the return of big crowds
- NHS staff and Brent residents will share the other 4,000 tickets between them
Tottenham and Manchester City have been allocated 2,000 tickets each for the Carabao Cup final on April 25 at Wembley stadium, but City supporters will have to use Covid-safe transport in order to attend.
Fans of both sides must also show they are free from coronavirus, presumably via a vaccine certificate, recent negative test or proof of immunity, and may be placed into a bubble outside the ground.
Football League chief executive Trevor Birch however admitted numerous points were still undecided, for example whether fans could chant or sing, whether they would need to wear masks, or what Covid-secure transport actually entails.
Harry Kane (left) and Kevin de Bruyne (right) are set to face off in the Carabao Cup final in April
City outclassed Spurs during a 3-0 victory the last time the sides played back on February 13
Both clubs are allocated 2,000 tickets, but City fans will need to use ‘Covid-secure transport’
He said: ‘Covid-safe transport is being discussed. Unfortunately, I can’t go into the details because it is still in train. It’s obviously quite a complicated process. There are a lot of stakeholders involved in the discussions.’
Birch went on to say he ‘imagined’ fans would be put in bubbles and not permitted to mix inside the stadium. He added: ‘All will be revealed in the next week or so, in terms of the dos and don’ts.’
The Wembley showpiece – being used as a pilot event to gauge the logistics of the return of big crowds – will be attended by 8,000 supporters, with the 4,000 not allocated to either club offered to NHS staff and residents of nearby Brent.
Wembley will hold 8,000 on the day, with other tickets going to NHS staff and Brent residents
Football League clubs have lost circa £250million in revenue in the last two campaigns due to the financial impact of the pandemic, and Birch underlined the importance to clubs of having supporters back in seats by the start of next season.
Nonetheless, he conceded there could be restrictions on fans who had not received the vaccine or were pregnant or extremely vulnerable.
He concluded: ‘It is all in the mix again for next season. Hopefully the Covid certification will deal with much of it. But it almost changes on a daily basis and it is incredibly difficult to be certain about what procedures will apply.’
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