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Artell: "Hopefully Wembley Can Host 90,000 On Sunday And We Can Get Back To Capacity As Quickly As Possible"

8 July 2021

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell is hoping that the British government will give the green light for 90,000 supporters to be present for Sunday’s Euro 2020 Final between England and Italy.

The semi-finals had a capacity set at 60,000 but with Covid restrictions looking to be eased on July 19th, there are calls for the Wembley showdown to be increased to 90,000.

Artell told “There were 60,000 inside Wembley for the semi-final for ‘research project’ purposes but we know that the government want people to go. It’s that feel-good-factor and helping the economy.

“We want people to spend a few bob in the pubs or at the game and to but those shirts, flags or whatever. It all helps the economy and if they can allow 90,000 safely to watch on Sunday then that is even better.

“We cannot be reckless with it and we have to be on top with the tests and the vaccine jabs and all that but we want supporters back as soon as possible and this will be a big step in the right direction for that.

“The supporters make an incredible difference. We saw that against Germany and then again against Denmark. The atmospheres have been up lifting for everyone to see.

“It makes a massive difference to the players. We had two home games last season when we had limited fans in and we won both games, one with the last kick of the game. It is that emotional attachment and the fans are there because they love their club or country and the sport has missed them.”

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