The FA Cup final on August 1 could be played in front of 20,000 fans at Wembley

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The FA could pave the way with the return of fans to football – in the Cup final on August 1.

Plans are under consideration to allow a maximum of 10,000 fans on each side to support their team in the Wembley final.

But only IF the coronavirus infection rate drops below 0.5 when the game arrives.

If health advice allows, the capacity of 90,000 Wembley spectators would be the ideal stage to test a return to action in front of a limited number of fans.

Senior stadium officials believe the space available at Wembley would allow them to control the flow of supporters into and out of the stadium.



Watford fans at least in the FA Cup final

With the lockdown rules starting to loosen, it is believed that in two months the situation in the UK could be different.

Keeping fans out of the rest of the Premier League season is taken for granted, health officials worry about a second spike in coronavirus.

But football officials believe they could be given the green light to admit supporters to certain stadiums in a progressive experience as the new season begins in September.

A football administrator said, “Fans will be allowed to come back to see the sport at some point – not just in football.

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“We already know there is no way the grounds will open up and be filled to capacity.

“But there have been discussions about a gradual return of spectators when government health boards allow it.

“It will be smaller and manageable in the beginning and Wembley would seem like a good place to start as it is the largest stadium in the country. “

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