8,000 fans WILL return for the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Man City if NHS employees get tickets

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8,000 fans could return for the Carabao Cup final next month, with Tottenham and Man City each receiving only a quarter of the tickets as the majority will be given to NHS staff and local residents

  • The Carabao Cup Final will be used as a test event for the return of fans
  • The pandemic will also pay tribute to the NHS and key workers
  • Most tickets are given away to NHS staff and local residents
  • Tottenham and Manchester City will not receive more than a quarter of the capacity

The Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham next month will be used as a test event for the return of fans and a tribute to the NHS following talks between the EFL and the government.

Sportsmail has been informed that under the latest proposal, a maximum crowd of about 8,000 people could be admitted to Wembley, with most tickets being given away to NHS staff and local residents.

City and Tottenham would also receive a small allocation of tickets for their own fans from no more than a quarter of the total attendance, which is not yet to be agreed upon. Talks are underway between the EFL, FA and the government, with a range between 4,000 and 8,000 pending.

Sportsmail can reveal that 8,000 fans could be attending the April Carabao Cup final

Sportsmail can reveal that 8,000 fans could be attending the Carabao Cup final in April

Manchester City are the current League Cup holders after beating Aston Villa last year

Manchester City are the current League Cup holders after beating Aston Villa last year

Manchester City are the current League Cup holders after beating Aston Villa last year

Access to Wembley for the April 25 game will also be restricted, with discussions on whether a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid test will be required to access the stadium. It is unclear whether fans will be allowed to travel from Manchester.

The Carabao Cup final was not on the original list of pilot events announced by the government, but the EFL has lobbied hard to be included.

Tottenham will meet City at Wembley next month, but fans of both sides have a limit on the number of tickets

Tottenham will meet City at Wembley next month, but fans of both sides have a limit on the number of tickets

Tottenham will meet City at Wembley next month, but fans of both sides have a limit on the number of tickets

Unlike the previous test events held earlier in the season, clubs are unlikely to be asked to host pilots.

The Premier League will use their shareholders’ meeting on Friday to ask clubs to approve their plans to push back the last two rounds of play a few days so that they can be played with fans in stadiums after May 17.

The clubs are unlikely to object as such a move would ensure that they each get a home game with fans in attendance, and broadcaster partners Sky Sports and BT Sport have already blessed.

The initiative was conceived as a way of thanking key NHS employees

The initiative was conceived as a way of thanking key NHS employees

The initiative was conceived as a way of thanking key NHS employees

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