Tottenham and Manchester City ‘will each get 2,000 tickets to the Carabao Cup final at Wembley … but City fans must travel to London in special Covid-secured transport’
- Fans of both teams must prove they are free from coronavirus to attend the final
- The Wembley match on April 25 will act as a pilot event for the return of large crowds
- The NHS staff and residents of Brent will distribute the other 4,000 tickets among them
Tottenham and Manchester City have each been allocated 2,000 tickets for the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on April 25, but City supporters will have to use Covid-safe transportation to attend.
Fans on both sides must also prove they are free of coronavirus, presumably through a vaccination certificate, recent negative test, or proof of immunity, and may be placed in a bubble outside of the ground.
However, Football League CEO Trevor Birch admitted that on many issues no decision had been made, such as whether fans could sing or sing, whether they should wear masks, or what Covid-secured transportation actually entails.
Harry Kane (left) and Kevin de Bruyne (right) face off in the Carabao Cup final in April
City outclassed Spurs in a 3-0 win the last time the teams played on February 13
Both clubs will be allocated 2,000 tickets, but City fans will have to use ‘Covid-secure transport’
He said, “Covid safe transportation is under discussion. Unfortunately I cannot go into the details as it is still on the train. Obviously it is quite a complicated process. Many stakeholders are involved in the discussions. ‘
Birch went on to say he ‘thought’ fans would be put into bubbles and not mingle in the stadium. He added, “Everything will be revealed in the next week or so, in terms of the do’s and don’ts.”
Wembley’s showpiece – used as a pilot event to measure the logistics of large crowds returning – will be attended by 8,000 supporters, and the 4,000 not assigned to any of the clubs will be offered to NHS staff and residents of nearby Brent.
Wembley will hold 8,000 on the day, while other tickets will go to NHS staff and Brent residents
Football League clubs have lost around £ 250m in revenue over the past two campaigns due to the financial impact of the pandemic, and Birch underlined the importance for clubs of having supporters back in place at the start of the next season.
Nonetheless, he admitted there could be restrictions on fans who did not receive the vaccine or who were pregnant or extremely vulnerable.
He concluded: ‘It’s all back in the mix for next season. Hopefully, the Covid certification will handle a lot of it. But it changes almost daily, and it’s incredibly difficult to know for sure which procedures apply. ‘