Fans Will Be Allowed In For One FA Cup Semi Final
Monday, 29th Mar 2021 16:43
Southampton's FA Cup semi-final clash with Leicester City at Wembley Stadium next month could have fans present as could the previous day's game between Chelsea & Manchester City, but will this cause more problems than it is worth ?
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told BBC sports editor Dan Roan that a game on either 17 or 18 April will be part of the trial programme.
The FA Cup final and the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield are also on the schedule.
"We want to get as many people back as safely as possible," said Dowden.
Poignantly the FA has yet to either announce this decision or to comment on it perhaps highlighting that there is a divide between the Government and the FA.
But with the full return of fans a month later being limited to just 25% of capacity or 10,000, it is likely that the semi final dry run will be a lot less than that.
This is where the FA are not happy, it will cost more to open the stadium than they will take in ticket money and then there is the question of just who get the tickets, with the club's unlikely to get an allocation and it be limited to locals or even NHS staff.
That in itself could lead to ticket touting and then there is the potential for public disorder, in this respect I would not think the Metropolitan Police will be too happy in the possibility of getting in meaning that supporters of the sides involved travelling down on the day to watch the game in pub gardens.
Semi finals can be fractious affairs with the potential for crowd trouble, where finals have tended to be more about the occasion itself and less about the pain of losing.
The Government seem to be trying to show the public they are reopening the country and indeed big sporting events, but from what I have seen from their efforts so far, this is more about PR than actually thinking things through.
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