Covid passport trials ‘within weeks’ at FA Cup semi-finals and Carabao Cup final

The UK Government is plotting to roll out a Covid passport scheme and trial it at sporting events over the coming weeks.

During April and May, football and snooker will be used to see if fans can begin gradually returning.

Supporters, who are desperate to get back inside stadiums, will first need to test negative for the virus and can then attend.

The FA Cup semi-finals later this month, the Carabao Cup final in late April between Manchester City and Tottenham and May’s FA Cup final are all being discussed.

Additionally, the World Snooker Championship is another potential pilot scheme event, The Telegraph say.

An announcement could be made in the coming days, and the hope is that successful trials will lead to more restrictions being lifted.

Bars and big events may be able to abandon social distancing soon if the Covid passport plans work efficiently.

In regards to the sporting trials, tests will take place for fans before and after attending.

The passports will effectively be certificates to show whether attendees have been vaccinated or tested for antibodies.

Large events could ultimately reopen in mid-June, so long as trials don’t backfire.

The FA Cup semi-finals are set to take place at Wembley in London on the weekend of April 17/18.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea face favourites Manchester City on the Saturday at 5.30pm.

Then, Leicester play final-four underdogs Southampton on the Sunday a little later in the evening at 6.30pm.

A week later on April 25, City face Spurs in the Carabao Cup final, meanwhile the FA Cup final is scheduled for May 15.

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