Fans to return at matches in two weeks as FA Cup semi-final to host spectators

Leicester City and Southampton will battle for a place in the FA Cup final in front of 4,000 fans, according to reports.

Fans have not been allowed to watch elite football matches in 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But the roadmap out of lockdown is continuing with pilot events testing how crowds can return to venues safely.

The Carabao Cup final, FA Cup final and World Snooker Championships will be test events later in the Spring.

Though the Daily Mail report that the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton at Wembley on April 18 has been selected by government as the first football test event for the return of fans.

It’s believed that supporters are expected to be residents of the borough of Brent, rather than fans of the clubs in action.

The government is expected to announce a list of around 14 pilot events soon with a horse-racing meet to be included.

Should the roadmap stay on schedule, up to 10,000 fans could return to stadiums by the middle of May.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said: "No-one can say but we have not lost hope we might see a few back this season, depending what happens with the numbers.

"Hopefully the season finishes as planned on 23 May and wherever the trophy presentation might be, there might be some supporters in the ground as well.

"It depends what happens with the numbers but next season I hope it opens up quickly, so we can get fans back in stadiums and get back to the real Premier League."

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