EFL hoping fans can attend Man City vs Tottenham Carabao Cup final

The EFL is hoping fans will be able to attend the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Pep Guardiola ‘s side are due to take on Jose Mourinho’s men at Wembley Stadium on April 26.

Matches are currently being played behind closed doors in the U.K. due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans on Monday to allow spectators back at sporting events from May 17 at the earliest.

However, the English Football League want the City vs Spurs clash to be used as a test event for welcoming fans back to stadiums.

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The date of the cup final has already been put back in the hope that some supporters would be allowed to watch the game in the flesh.

Following the latest Government update, the EFL issued a statement, which read: “We note the Prime Minister’s announcement today in respect of a roadmap for easing national lockdown restrictions and the Government’s criteria for a phased return of fans to sporting events.

“As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, the EFL wants to see supporters back in our stadia as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We will continue to work with clubs, DCMS, the SGSA and local authorities to this end.

“Following a successful fan pilot programme in the autumn, the EFL and member clubs have shown test events for fans can be safely delivered with the appropriate measures in place.

“With the Carabao Cup final taking place on April 25 and the culmination of the EFL season on May 8/9, we look forward to engaging with the Government about its pilot programme.

Manchester City consolidated their position at the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

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“We will be working to welcome as many fans as possible to the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals which will conclude the 2020-21 season on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”

From May 17, outdoor sporting events at large seated venues will be permitted to welcome up to 10,000 people, or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons: “The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate, subject in all cases to capacity limits depending on the size of the venue.”

As it stands, City and Manchester United will be playing in front of fans again for their final fixture of the Premier League season on May 23.

While leaders City are at home to Everton, second-placed United are away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

City and United are also still in the FA Cup, having reached the quarter-final stage.

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