Football test event sees 8,000 fans descend on Wembley Park

Fans walk along Wembley Way ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date:

Fans walk along Wembley Way ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday April 25, 2021. - Credit: PA

The Carabao Cup final in Wembley Park at the weekend welcomed the largest gathering of supporters since the coronavirus pandemic hit last year.

A general view of a Manchester City fan in the stands ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stad

A general view of a Manchester City fan in the stands ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - Credit: PA

Some 8,000 fans descended on Wembley to watch Manchester City take on and beat Tottenham on Sunday (April 25).

There were 4,000 spectators in for last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton, but the Government pilot scheme went up a notch for Sunday’s showpiece game.

A steward in a mask outside the stadium asks fans for Covid-19 test results as a condition of entry

A steward in a mask outside the stadium asks fans for Covid-19 test results as a condition of entry ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - Credit: PA

Each club had 2,000 fans in attendance, with 4,000 tickets handed to NHS staff and Wembley residents.

A Manchester City fan shows a Covid-19 test result to a steward outside the stadium ahead of the Car

A Manchester City fan shows a Covid-19 test result to a steward outside the stadium ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - Credit: PA

Fans from both sides milled about on Wembley Way before the kick-off, with London bathed in sunshine.


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Everyone in the stadium had to present a negative Covid-19 test result, while the City fans had to travel in official club transport.

Spurs fans were housed in the east end of Wembley.

A general view of Tottenham Hotspur fans in the stands during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadi

A general view of Tottenham Hotspur fans in the stands during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - Credit: PA

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Should the event pass without problem, there are due to be 21,000 fans at next month’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester.

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