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

With the help of the test matches, the authorities hope that Wembley can be largely filled with supporters during the European Championship next summer.

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.

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 more test events will be announced this week.

During the first matches, the seats are occupied by care workers and local residents and not by supporters.

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, which is scheduled from 11 June to 11 July in twelve different countries.

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. We have to do it. so wait and see, "said Dowden.

UEFA requires all twelve host countries to be able to organize European Championship matches with an audience.

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.