Young football fans are BANNED from the Carabao Cup final with under 18s – and pregnant women – told they CANNOT be part of the 8,000 crowd at the Wembley testing event under the latest government regulations
- Manchester City and Tottenham under 18 fans will not be attending the Carabao Cup final
- Both clubs released details on Tuesday about the protocols fans should follow
- They must have a negative Covid lateral flow test within 24 hours of the competition
- Man City deploys trains, coaches and parking spaces for their fans
Manchester City and Tottenham fans under 18 will not be allowed to participate in the Carabao Cup final next weekend under final government rules published Tuesday.
Last week, it was confirmed that the Wembley final will act as an official pilot event with fans in attendance as part of the UK government’s roadmap to emerge from lockdown.
Tottenham and Manchester City have each been allocated 2,000 tickets for the game on April 25, but as the latest ticket details were announced on Tuesday, the rules stated that no children under 18 or pregnant women should participate.
Man City and Tottenham fans under the age of 18 will not be admitted to the Carabao Cup final
Wembley will hold 8,000 on the day, while other tickets go to NHS staff and Brent residents
THE RULES TO FOLLOW THE 4,000 MAN CITY AND SPURS FANS
- All attendees must be over 18 and not be clinically extremely frail, living with someone who is clinically extremely frail or pregnant.
- You must complete an ERP government consent form
- Supporters must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow Covid test within 24 hours of the match.
- Fans will have to leave for a PCR Covid-19 test to take home as close to the match as possible, and take another test within five days of the match.
- Proof of a negative result on that side stream test would be required to access Wembley and also to access any of the public transport options provided for traveling from the North West to London.
- The city markets 750 standard and first-class train tickets, 750 bus spaces and 250 parking spaces for cars.
The fixture – 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 either club will be offered to NHS staff and residents of nearby Brent.
Supporters wishing to attend the match must be able to demonstrate that they have a negative coronavirus test within 24 hours of kick-off.
To do this, fans will have to travel of their own accord to a lateral flow testing location.
Fans will then have to leave for a PCR Covid-19 test to take home as close to the match as possible, and take another test within five days of the match.
Evidence of a negative result – either via text message or email – from that lateral flow test would be required to access Wembley.
It also gives access to one of the public transport options that Manchester City offers for travel to London from the North West.
City confirmed that 1,750 of their tickets would be made available to eligible supporters in and around Greater Manchester, with the remaining 250 for qualifying fans in London and the Home Counties.
For the 1,750 traveling down there would be 750 standard and first class train tickets, 750 bus spaces and 250 parking spaces.
The trains and coaches will be chartered exclusively for the use of Manchester City supporters, the club said.
Tickets for both sets of supporters cost £ 50 and £ 40.
The competition will be the first outdoor sports event this year with supporters of the teams involved.
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton will welcome 4,000 spectators, but this will be a mix of local residents and key workers from the Wembley area.
It is expected that a similar testing system will be implemented for that competition as well.
Fans who wish to attend must be able to provide proof of having a negative coronavirus test
Fans under the age of 18 and those who are ‘clinically vulnerable’ will not be admitted to Wembley
The success of these pilot events – plus others, including the World Snooker Championship, the FA Cup final and the England group matches at Euro 2020 – will be important steps towards admitting supporters in financially viable numbers from June 21.
Last week, a group of 10 governing bodies supported the use of a Covid certification system as a means of removing restrictions on social distance.
Such a system has been challenged by cross-party MPs as an infringement of an individual’s civil liberties.
However, Premier League director Bill Bush said last week, ‘The alternative (to certification) is not freedom.
‘The alternative is social distance, small crowds, great restrictions on movement and people’s ability to eat, drink and travel. For example, away fans banned.
So in order to end those freedom restrictions, we believe that something like that is an acceptable burden to give fans the freedom to be present. ‘