Key update from EFL on Portsmouth's Wembley return against Salford

The EFL has confirmed its intentions for fans to be present for Pompey's Wembley return when a date is rearranged.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 6:08 pm

The clash was due to take place on Sunday, April 5 but was postponed amid the coronavirus crisis.

More than 50,000 Blues supporters were set to descend on the capital, which would have been a record for the biggest single fanbase present for a domestic fixture at new Wembley as a neutral venue.

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A new date has still to be determined for when Kenny Jackett's men will defend their crown, having defeated Sunderland on penalties in the previously-branded Checktrade Trophy final last season.

Matches are set to be played behind closed doors when the 2019-20 campaign recommences, while it might not be until October 1 when fans are again allowed into grounds.

But once it is safe for the highly-anticipated final to go ahead, the EFL has said it plans for supporters to be present inside the national stadium.

A spokesman said: ‘It remains the EFL’s intention that the Leasing.com Final between Portsmouth and Salford City is played in front of supporters at Wembley Stadium at a date to be determined.

Pompey fans inside Wembley during last season's Checkatrade Trophy final. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘As with all other competitions, the final will only be played when it is deemed safe to do so and based on advice by the authorities.

‘It, therefore, remains impossible at this stage to advise on a revised date. The EFL will provide any further update as soon as is practically possible.’