FOOTBALL finally welcomed back fans as 4,000 Leicester and Southampton followers streamed to Wembley for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final
The lucky ‘few’ strolled in the sunshine to the home of football without the usual packed pavements for such a big match.
Football takes a small step nearer normality as fans returned to Wembley
The smile says it all as this Leicester supporter knows he is in a privileged situation
It’s not quite the usual packed path to Wembley but football finally saw the return of spectators for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final
Stewards were out in force at Wembley preparing for the momentous return of fans
But they looked ultra-relaxed and just happy to be there after the government let the FA select the clash as a one-off pilot event.
That’s before the May 17 nationwide date when crowds of up to 10,000 can officially return.
But only residents of the surrounding area Brent were allowed in on Sunday for this second semi-final.
Masked stewards were busy preparing Wembley for spectators hours before the 6.30pm kick-off.
High-flying Leicester and their lowly Premier League rivals are bidding to reach the final against Chelsea on May 15.
It followed Saturday’s last-four tie behind closed doors, where the Blues overcame Manchester City 1-0.
Wembley chiefs hope 20,000 fans will be allowed in for the final.
That includes both semi-finals and the final.
Leicester and Southampton fans descend on Wembley for the one-off pilot event but only 4,000 were allowed and all must live in the London borough of Brent
Stewards appeared to stick to social distancing as they waited to deal with fans
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