EFL hoping Man City v Spurs Carabao Cup Final could be fan pilot event

As part of those plans, it was confirmed that up to 10,000 fans could return to sporting stadiums from May 17.

Under the plans detailed on Monday, indoor events would be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000, whichever is lower, with 50 per cent capacity or 4,000, whichever is lower, for outdoor events.

There is a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25 per cent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.

The current EFL season is due to finish on May 8, but, under the plans announced on Monday, fans could be able to attend the three play-off finals, which are due to take place between 29-31 May.

The Carabao Cup Final falls three weeks before that May 17 date on April 25, with holders and Premier League leaders Manchester City facing Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.

However, it seems that the EFL are hopeful that some fans could be able to attend that fixture as part of a pilot programme akin to the one seen before the initial, short-lived return of fans to stadiums in some locations in November.

Mr Johnson confirmed that larger pilot events would take place in April using enhanced testing.

“We note the Prime Minister’s announcement today in respect of a roadmap for easing national lockdown restrictions and the Government’s criteria for a phased return of fans to sporting events,” an EFL spokesperson said on Monday.

“As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, the EFL wants to see supporters back in our stadia as soon as it is safe to do so and we will continue to work with clubs, DCMS, the SGSA and local authorities to this end.

“Following a successful fan pilot programme in the Autumn, the EFL and member clubs have shown test events for fans can be safely delivered with the appropriate measures in place.

“With the Carabao Cup Final taking place on April 25 and the culmination of the EFL season on May 8/9, we look forward to engaging with the Government about its pilot programme and will be working to welcome as many fans as possible to the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals which will conclude the 2020-21 season on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”

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