Plans for fans to attend Community Shield at Wembley is OFF

Plans to use Community Shield as test event for the return of fans to stadiums ABANDONED with the FA accepting it is no longer feasible amid uncertainty over coronavirus outbreaks

  • Community Shield was earmarked as the first match that fans could attend 
  • However, those plans have been abandoned after other pilots were cancelled
  • FA have accepted it’s no longer feasible to use as a test event for return of fans

The FA have abandoned plans to use the Community Shield as a test event for the return of fans to stadiums due to uncertainty over Covid-19 outbreaks.

The Liverpool v Arsenal match at Wembley on August 29 was put forward as the first football match for fans since lockdown in March, an idea to which the Government were initially receptive.

But after other pilots involving county cricket, racing and snooker were cancelled earlier this month, the governing body have accepted that it is no longer feasible.

Community Shield was earmarked as pilot event for fans to attend but those plans are now off

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will update their guidance for sport after the Government’s review of the localised North West lockdown on August 15.

But even if they permit pilot events, the FA believe there will be insufficient time to organise an event of that scale.

In addition to the complexity of sorting out ticketing and security, the cost of allowing just a few thousand fans to attend the game at Wembley is understood to be prohibitive.

Goodwood racecourse had been licensed to admit 5,000 members to the final day of Glorious Goodwood on August 1 before the Government U-turned a day before. 

The next round of test events is likely to involve a similar number, rather than the one-quarter capacity — around 22,500 — the FA were hoping to see at Wembley.

FA were hoping to see around 22,500 people at Wembley but have accepted it’s not feasible

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