Eight positive Covid cases recorded out of 30,000 fans who attended FA Cup matches and Carabao Cup final

JUST eight positive coronavirus cases have been recorded from the 30,000 fans that attended the Wembley pilot test games.

A report on the first phase of the Government's Events Research Programme has shown that there were no substantial Covid-19 outbreaks.

On April 17, 2,800 supporters were in attendance to watch Leicester's FA Cup semi-final victory over Southampton.

A week later, 7,200 fans watched Manchester City beat Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final.

Before 21,000 spectators gathered to watch the Foxes secure a shock victory over Chelsea on May 15 at the Home of Football.

In total, there were 28 confirmed coronavirus cases from the 58,000 that attended sporting and cultural events in April and May.

Six of those positive cases were recorded at the World Snooker Championship that welcomed 10,000 fans over 17 days.

The news will come as a welcome relief for Boris Johnson and Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin ahead of England's clash against Germany.

There will be 45,000 supporters in attendance at Wembley for the Euro 2020 last-16 clash on Tuesday,

And the semi-finals and final at Wembley will be packed out with 60,000 fans on July 6, 7 and 11.


It will be the highest attendance at any event in the UK since the first lockdown was enforced in March 2020.

Ceferin said: “It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of the Euro 2020 at Wembley.

“The last 18 months have taught us – both on and off the pitch – how integral fans are to the fabric of the game.

“This tournament has been a beacon of hope to reassure people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and this is a further step along that road.

“I am grateful to the Prime Minister and the UK Government for their hard work in finalising these arrangements with us, to make the tournament final stages a great success in Wembley.”

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