Sport news We're going to Wembley! Delighted Chelsea and Leicester fans flock to the FA Cup final with 21,000 supporters to watch inside the stadium - despite growing concern over Indian Covid-19 variant Premierleague-News.com
Premierleague-News.com - English football's showpiece occasion is the latest of a series of Government pilot events to return fans to sporting events as the UK continues to follow its roadmap out of lockdown.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Delighted fans flocked to Wembley on Saturday with over 20,000 set to watch the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea. Fans from Leicester who'd made the trip sported their team's blue colours, with some in fancy dress fox costumes in honour of the club's nickname. Others sported silver tinfoil replicas of the FA Cup as they smiled for pictures while making the hallowed walk down Wembley Way. The on and off rain showers couldn't dampen the enthusiasm. English football's showpiece marks the latest step in returning fans to stadiums with the final designated as a pilot event in the Government's roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions.The Duke of Cambridge will be one of 21,000 in attendance at the national stadium, including 6,250 supporters of each team. Red banners reading 'It's great to be back' lined Wembley Way. The remainder of the crowd will consist of residents from the Brent area that surrounds Wembley, invited key workers and Football Association guests.Everyone attending was required to return a negative lateral flow Covid-19 test before travelling to the stadium. Proof of this had to be provided by email or text message to gain entry to Wembley. Leicester City fans heading to the FA Cup final enjoy themselves outside Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon 21,000 spectators will be inside Wembley to watch the showpiece event in the English football calendar on Saturday night Young Leicester fans Rocco and Charlie Vine were among the early arrivals at Wembley ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final Leicester supporters Gurmukh Singh and his nephew Arjun Singh make the walks along Wembley Way towards the stadium Leicester fans Mark, John and Jayden were among the lucky ticket-holders and came armed with the traditional tinfoil FA Cup These Leicester City fans arrived at Wembley early and braved the rain showers as they got ready for the FA Cup final Leicester have reached four FA Cup finals in the past - the last time coming back in 1969 - but have never won the competition The crowds start to build on Wembley Way where banners saying 'It's great to be back' greeted fans of Chelsea and Leicester RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Rangers fans ignore pleas from Scottish Government to... AHEAD OF THE GAME: UK Government rejects EFL plea for 22,500... Turkish Grand Prix CANCELLED and replaced by second Austrian... Share this article Share Seats are disinfected at Wembley Stadium a day ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City Surfaces in the press box at Wembley Stadium are wiped down with disinfectant ahead of Saturday's showpiece finalThe final will see Wembley at just under a quarter of its 90,000-capacity despite mounting fears that the Indian Covid variant could push back the planned exit from restrictions in England on June 21.Government scientists warned on Friday night that the new strain is 'realistically' 50 per cent more infectious than the Kent strain.They said that if the Indian strain took hold, there could be 10,000 more people hospitalised per day by the Autumn and the possibility of 1,000 deaths per day by summer.Scientists believe vaccines are less effective against the variant and the rapid spread of the virus among younger people could out-pace the successful programme of vaccination across the UK. A Warwick University model of a more infectious variant after lockdown is completely lifted on June 21 suggests that any more than a 30 per cent increase in transmissibility compared to the Kent variant could lead to an August peak of daily hospital admissions that is higher than either the first or second wave. In a worst-case scenario with a variant 50 per cent more transmissible, hospital admissions could surge to 10,000 per day or even double that (Thick lines indicate the central estimate while the thin lines are possible upper limits known as confidence intervals) The LSHTM team suggested that there will be 1,000 deaths per day in August if the variant is 50 per cent more transmissible - which would be less than the 1,900 seen at the peak this January Britons queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at the Essa academy temporary vaccination centre in Bolton Graphs showing the falling rate of Covid-19 deaths, hospitalisations and positive cases across the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to 'throw everything we have at this task' and will send the Army into the worst variant hotspots to hand out tests in an effort to slow the spread.
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.The two clubs allocated the tickets to season ticket holders based on the number of away matches they had attended in the past.It is the largest crowd seen at a pilot event to date. 8,000 fans attended the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley last month.The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton saw 4,000 inside Wembley. The last full house at Wembley was the 2020 Carabao Cup final between Man City and Aston Villa, shortly before the first UK lockdown. A picture of the 2,000 Manchester City supporters celebrating their win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final last month A crowd of 8,000 spectators attended the Carabao Cup final on April 25 as part of the Government's pilot events programme The final two sessions of the World Snooker Championship earlier this month saw a full house of 980 at the Crucible The recent World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield also saw spectators at every session over the course of 17 days. There was a sell-out crowd for the two sessions of the final on May 3, with 980 mask-wearing fans inside the arena.With the latest easing of restrictions set for Monday, there will also be limited numbers of home fans at the remaining Premier League fixtures in the next fortnight and also the EFL Play-offs.It came as London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced plans for a Euro 2020 fanzone in Trafalgar Square with big screens showing all England's matches for up to 9,500 fans. It came as thousands of Rangers fans defied Covid rules to greet their team at Ibrox as they received the Scottish Premiership trophy following their match against Aberdeen.Both the club and the Scottish Government urged fans to keep away but these requests were ignored. Rangers fans gathered in their thousands to celebrate their side receiving the Scottish Premier League trophy on Saturday The Gers fans gave their team a heroes' welcome when they arrived on the team bus for the final game of the season Rangers released a statement on Friday calling for fans to respect the lockdown rules in place - but this was ignoredThe celebrations come a day after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that Glasgow would be remaining in the highest restrictions bracket along with Moray due to concerns from the Indian coronavirus variant.Positive cases in the Glasgow area rose up to 3.5 per cent on Friday, with research suggesting the Indian strain of the virus is contributing to these spike in cases. The rest of Scotland will be moving to level 2 from May 17. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Rangers fans ignore pleas from Scottish Government to... AHEAD OF THE GAME: UK Government rejects EFL plea for 22,500... Turkish Grand Prix CANCELLED and replaced by second Austrian...
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