One of the FA Cup semi-finals to have fans

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says one of the FA Cup semi-finals is set to be among the pilot events to trial the return of large crowds at Wembley Stadium this month.

The iconic stadium has been hosting matches behind closed doors since the return of football amid the covid-19 pandemic.

“We want to get as many people back as safely as possible,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

“We want to make it as simple and convenient as possible for people. That’s why we are conducting these pilots.

“The plan is to look at factors like one-way systems, ventilation within a stadium and how you interact in terms of getting to and from the venue.”

Phase two of the pilot trial is scheduled for 17 May and would allow stadia to open with a 25% capacity limit, up to a maximum of 10,000 spectators.

“The purpose of this is not so much the overall number, it is how they interact with each other. So it’s the social distancing that they have from each other. It’s the behavioural factors,” adds Dowden.

“We will be testing them before and after to look at the spread and look how they behave in the stadium. The purpose is to get the rules set can so it can be as safe as possible from 21 June.”

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