Carabao Cup final to be played with 8,000 spectators in attendance

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Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur which is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021, will be played in the presence of 8,000 spectators.

Spectators are also expected to be allowed into the Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup semi-final match between Leicester City and Southampton on April 18 and the final of the competition on May 15.

The tickets for the Carabao Cup final which will take place at the Wembley Stadium, London, will be available for mostly the fans of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Some of the people who live around the Wembley Stadium and some NHS workers in the United Kingdom will have the opportunity to watch the game at the match venue.

As of the time of publishing this report, the English Football League (EFL), has not announced the ticketing information but the football body confirmed in a statement issued during the weekend that information related to ticketing would be announced on a later date.

Just like in the case of the FA Cup semi-final and final matches, the Carabao Cup final is a part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme. Hence the Carabao Cup final, the FA Cup semi-final, and the FA Cup final will be used “to collect evidence and collate best practice for managing and mitigating transmission risk.”

EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “The Carabao Cup is a prized asset of the EFL, a great competition for clubs to win and always a fantastic occasion so we are absolutely delighted to see supporters back for 2021 final, in what will hopefully be another important milestone along the way to a full return of fans.

“Football has lots of expertise in crowd management so we welcome the opportunity to support the Government in its Events Research Programme and will also take great pride in hosting NHS staff at the final to whom we owe so much for their momentous efforts throughout the pandemic.”

While the English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “We are delighted to be hosting three test events at Wembley.

“This is an important first step towards getting fans back, with the end goal of full stadia – hopefully by the end of the men’s Euros.

“We would like to thank all authorities for their support throughout this process”.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz would undergo surgery to treat a knee injury. The 33-year-old Brazilian defender did not play in Arsenal’s 0-3 defeat to Liverpool due to the injury.

After the 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Mikel Arteta said the defender whose contract will expire in June 2021, could be out of football for some weeks.

“There are a few possibilities – being a little bit more conservative on the treatment, or having to go through surgery,” Arteta said.

“We are talking with the doctors right now to make the right decision on that, but it looks like he will be out for a few weeks at least.

“It depends on what decision we will take. If it’s more conservative it will be short-term, if it’s a little bit more radical what he needs, obviously it will take longer.”

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