Carabao Cup final rescheduled in hope fans can attend

Manchester City players celebrate winning the 2020 Carabao Cup

The 2021 Carabao Cup final has been rescheduled for 25 April, the English Football League (EFL) has confirmed.

The annual showdown at Wembley Stadium, which was due to take place on 28 February, has been pushed back to facilitate as many supporters as possible.

The EFL released a statement which read: ‘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.’

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that elite sport in the UK would be allowed to continue despite new Tier 4 restrictions. However, clubs in Tier 3 and 4 still have spectator bans in place.

Although the amount of supporters that will be able to attend the final will depend on government restrictions in 2021, the decision taken by the EFL allows time for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to alter regulations, should COVID-19 cases drop in the meantime.

This evening, Brentford will host Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the competition, whilst Arsenal face Manchester City. On Wednesday evening, Stoke City will take on Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton will come up against Manchester City.

The winners of each knockout leg will progress to the semi-finals and the last two teams standing will book their places at Wembley.