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Carabao Cup final pushed back to April with hopes of fans in stands

With Wembley Stadium subject to coronavirus restrictions and London under lockdown, the final has been pushed back two months

The 2020-21 Carabao Cup final has been moved from February to April in order to have “as many supporters in attendance as possible,” the EFL has revealed.

The first major domestic showpiece of the English season was previously arranged for February 28, 2021.

However, restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom have limited the attendance of fans this term. Some stadiums are still permitted to house spectators, but their return in London was brief as the capital was placed under lockdown.

The EFL hopes a new Wembley Stadium date of April 25, 2021 will enable supporters to make the trip.

“The number of fans permitted will be dependent on government guidance in place at the time and it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person.” a statement read.

The competition is at the quarter-final stage, with last-eight ties to be played this week.

Holders Manchester City face struggling Arsenal on Tuesday after Brentford host Newcastle United, with Tottenham at Stoke City and Manchester United travelling to Everton on Wednesday.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce has had a tough time of things in recent weeks, following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club, and he is hoping the game with Brentford will provide some cheer. “Once you get to a quarter-final, there’s a semi-final at stake. We haven’t been there for years,” Bruce said on the club’s official website . “I hope we’re looking forward to it – certainly I am.

“The games are coming thick and fast, but what an opportunity we’ve got. We’ve got a wonderful opportunity to get to the semi-final of a cup, so let’s look forward to it, enjoy the challenge of it and see where we can go.”

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