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FA Cup final opens to bizarre scene of Emeli Sande performing Abide With Me in an empty stadium

Sing like nobody’s listening: FA Cup final opens to surreal scene of pre-recorded Emile Sande performing beloved Abide With Me from the roof of the empty stadium before Arsenal defeated Chelsea

  • Multi-selling pop star Emile Sande sang from the top of empty Wembley
  • Performance was pre-recorded but played on the big screen in the stadium
  • A viewer said, “It showed how the pandemic changed the world”

The FA Cup final opened to surreal scenes tonight – when the coronavirus pandemic forced millions-selling pop star Emile Sande to sing to no one from the top of empty Wembley Stadium

At a bizarre moment in football history, the musician Abide With Me played from the roof of Wembley prior to the match between Arsenal and Chelsea.

A viewer said, “If someone wasn’t sure how much the pandemic changed the world, it certainly wasn’t when the game started.”

The musician was radiated on a big screen in the cavernous, empty stadium

The musician was radiated on a big screen in the cavernous, empty stadium

The empty stadium was the site for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal

The empty stadium was the site for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal

The empty stadium was the site for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal

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