‘Full steam ahead for full crowds!’: The Carabao Cup final ‘went incredibly well’ as a test event for supporters’ return to football, says EFL Chairman Rick Parry as clubs plan to pack the stands for the new season in August
- A crowd of 8,000 attended last Sunday’s clash in the Carabao Cup
- There were 2,000 fans from both Man City and Tottenham in attendance
- The remaining 4,000 tickets were shared between local residents and NHS personnel
- It followed the testing event in the FA Cup clash between Leicester and Southampton
- EFL Chairman Rick Parry has now admitted it is ‘full speed ahead for full crowds’
EFL Chairman Rick Parry is looking forward to ‘full crowds’ starting next season after admitting that the Carabao Cup final test event went ‘extraordinarily well’.
A total of 8,000 fans came to Wembley last Sunday afternoon for the Carabao Cup showdown between Manchester City and Tottenham, which Pep Guardiola’s side won 1-0.
There were 2,000 fans of both clubs at the national stadium last weekend, with 4,000 additional tickets split between local residents and NHS staff – in what was another test event by the UK government to test the return of supporters amid the Covid pandemic.
A total of 8,000 fans attended when Man City defeated Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final
Sunday’s showdown came a week after 4,000 locals and key workers attended to watch Leicester beat Southampton 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last week.
And after the last test event at the Carabao Cup final, EFL chief Parry admitted at the EFL Awards on Wednesday that the final test event was a huge success and that football can move forward at full speed from the start of the following week. season.
Parry’s comments will be a huge boost for clubs at all levels of the English football pyramid, who have been largely fanless since the Covid pandemic destroyed the sports calendar last March.
But things seem to be returning to a certain level of normalcy and last Sunday’s testing event was hugely welcomed by fans across England.
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton and the Carabao Cup final are two of seven sports and entertainment industry events used by the government to assess the feasibility of major gatherings, in a pilot under way. concluded with the FA Cup. final on May 15.
Phil Foden dribbles the ball while City fans watch Wembley in the background
But while Parry has admitted he was very happy with Sunday’s progress, the FA and EFL will remain in the dark about the success of the Covid test events at Wembley until the end of next month.
There are no plans to share the collected data with the governing bodies until they are all provided to the government at the end of May.
But most of all, the FA wants to gain insight into the progress of the trials, as their success will be crucial to their plans for Euro 2020.
The governing body has pledged to open Wembley with a 25 percent capacity for England’s three group matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, and wants to go to between 50 and 100 percent for knockout matches at the stadium. a last 16 tie, both semi-finals and the final.
UEFA has given the FA a June 2 deadline to finalize their plans for the knockout phase.
EFL chief Rick Parry (R) has given great hope to fans by saying it is ‘full speed ahead for full people’