The two clubs competing for the richest game in English football have pleaded with authorities to let more fans take part in Saturday’s league play-off final at Wembley Stadium in London.
Brentford and Swansea will meet to decide which club will claim the remaining spot in next season’s lucrative Premier League, the flagship game worth £ 180million ($ 254million) for the winners.
But, as it stands, the match will be played in front of a maximum crowd of 10,000 spectators due to Covid-19 regulations, up from 21,000 allowed in Leicester’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at the football home. English earlier this month.
Jon Varney, the general manager of the West London club Brentford, called the decision “unjustifiable”, saying in a joint statement: “We think it is unfair that just a few days ago, over 20,000 fans have been admitted to the FA Cup final. and advanced discussions were taking place for Wembley to host the Champions League final with a similar number of fans in attendance.
“We find it incredulous and unjustifiable that the championship play-off final is limited to half that number. “
Both teams are expected to be limited to just 4,000 fans as their teams vie for a place in the top flight of the English game.
Julian Winter, general manager of Welsh club Swansea, who has long played professional football in the English league system, said: “The FA Cup final recently welcomed over 20,000 spectators which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere for both teams – something that has been sorely missed over the past 14 months.
“The supporters are the lifeblood of the game we all love, and it is such a shame that more of them cannot be at Wembley to cheer on their team in what will be a great opportunity for all clubs involved in the weekend -final end of the dams. . “
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