The British government on Monday designated a match in the FA Cup semi-finals as the first of a series of test events for fans to return to football stadiums.

With the trial matches, the authorities hope to be able to fill Wembley with supporters to a large extent during the European Championship final on July 11.

It is not yet known at which FA Cup match a limited audience is welcome.

Chelsea-Manchester City are scheduled for April 17 and a day later Leicester City and Southampton will compete for a place in the final of the cup tournament.

Incidentally, no club supporters are welcome at the first test events.

The seats in the stadiums will be occupied by healthcare workers and local residents.

The League Cup final, the FA Cup final and the World Cup snooker in Sheffield are also used as pilots.

Culture Minister Oliver Dowden says that more events will be announced this week that are open to the public.

According to the roadmap in the United Kingdom, it will be possible to fill stadiums for 25 percent from 17 May up to a maximum of 10,000 spectators.

If everything continues to go well after that, all restrictions on distance will be lifted from June 21.

That is possible there because of the successful vaccination process.

Hakim Ziyech is in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with Chelsea.

Hakim Ziyech is in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with Chelsea.

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Possibly more than 10,000 fans at European Championship matches

The test matches are of great importance in view of the European Championship next summer.

Seven games will be played at Wembley, including the semi-finals (July 6 and 7) and the final on July 11.

The London stadium has a capacity of 90,000.

"If we continue to make progress and relax further, we hope to be able to welcome many and many more than 10,000 fans after June 21. I am optimistic about that, but it has to be done in a safe way," said Dowden .

UEFA requires all host countries to be able to organize European Championship matches with the public.

KNVB director Eric Gudde recently indicated that he hopes that the Johan Cruijff ArenA can be filled with supporters for 66 to 75 percent.

Denmark wants to welcome at least eleven thousand fans.