English fans to make Wembley final return

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English soccer's national stadium is ready to welcome crowds back later this month after being empty for more than a year.

While only local workers and residents will be allowed into Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton, the League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham is set to welcome back a limited number of fans of the clubs.

A wider relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will not take effect until May to allow stadiums across the country to open their turnstiles again for the first time in 2021 with a maximum of 10,000 spectators.

But the pilot events at Wembley in April will be used to assess procedures for coronavirus testing on fans that will eventually allow for far bigger crowds to be welcomed back - particularly for the European Championship.

Seven Euro games, including the semi-finals and final in July, are scheduled at the stadium.

For the Leicester-Southampton FA Cup semi, 4,000 tickets are due to be allocated locally including to Brent Council staff, those working in the health sector, teachers, students over the age of 18 and residents of Wembley Park.

The other FA Cup semifinal between Chelsea and Manchester City will be closed to spectators on April 17.

Manchester City's victory over Aston Villa in the League Cup final on March 1, 2020 was the last time Wembley had fans in the stadium.