Crowd of 4,000 to attend Leicester v Southampton FA Cup semi-final as part of test events - report
There will be reportedly be a crowd of 4,000 people attending the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton on April 18. The match will be one of several test events over the next month as the government looks to ease lockdown restrictions and allow fans back into stadium. Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the other semi-final on April 17.
Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 3-1 during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium
But with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown still on track, it is hoped that a limited number of fans could return to stadiums after May 17.
While that date would rule out fans at the FA Cup final on May 15, that match may also be part of the testing and could reportedly see 20,000 supporters at Wembley.
When the restrictions on crowds are lifted they will initially allow 10,000 people or 25 per cent of the capacity, whichever is lower, to return to outdoor stadiums.
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The World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, which starts on April 17 and is live on Eurosport, is also part of the testing.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said he is hopeful a large crowd will be able to attend the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on July 11, almost three weeks after lockdown restrictions in England are expected to be lifted.
He told PA last week: “For the (Euro) games before June 21, clearly they'll be subject to some restrictions. After June 21, including the Euro final, I hope to get as many people in as we can - and significantly more than that - but only if we can do so in a safe way.”