Carabao Cup final pushed back to April in hope fans can attend at Wembley

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The Carabao Cup final has been pushed back to 25 April in the hope that fans can be welcomed to Wembley to watch the match, the EFL has announced. The game was due to be played on 28 February.

The EFL said: “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.”

The decision follows the introduction of new tier-four restrictions in London and large parts of south-east and eastern England last the weekend. In tiers three and four spectators are barred from attending matches.

The quarter-finals of the competition are being played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The final will kick off at 4pm, the EFL added.

Millwall and Ipswich hit by Covid-19 outbreaks
Millwall and Ipswich are the latest EFL teams to have their games postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Millwall’s Championship fixtures at Bournemouth on Boxing Day and against Watford on 29 December have been postponed, while the team’s training ground has been closed due to an outbreak in the first-team squad.

Meanwhile, positive tests for coronavirus at Ipswich – including for the manager Paul Lambert – have led to the postponement of their League One match at home to Northampton on Boxing Day and the trip to AFC Wimbledon on 29 December.

New dates for the fixtures have yet to be announced.