20k fans could attend FA Cup final but only if COVID-19 infection rate drops 1

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20,000 fans could be allowed to attend the FA Cup final at Wembley on August 1.

20k fans could attend FA Cup final but only if COVID-19 infection rate drops 2

As reported by The Mirror, the FA are exploring plans to possibly allow 10,000 supporters from each of the two clubs to watch the game at the 90,000 capacity stadium.

However, the report indicates that such a scenario could only occur if the coronavirus infection rate is below 0.5 by the time the game takes place.

While fans won’t be able to attend any Premier League games in the remainder of the season, there is hope that the situation could be different for the FA Cup final, especially given the large capacity of Wembley.

A football administrator told The Mirror: ‘Fans will be allowed back to see sport at some stage – not just in football.

‘We already know there’s no chance of grounds opening up and being filled to capacity.

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‘But discussions have taken place about a phased return of spectators when Government health advice allows.

‘That will be in smaller, manageable numbers at first and Wembley would seem a good place to start as it’s the country’s biggest stadium.’

If some fans were allowed to attend the final it would provide an indication as to whether some supporters could be permitted to attend Premier League games next season.

There are eight teams remaining in the FA Cup this season. In the quarter-finals Leicester will take on Chelsea, while Newcastle will be up against Manchester City.

The other two ties see Sheffield United play Arsenal and Norwich in action versus Manchester United.

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