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21/10/2021

Council 'hopeful' of up to 500 fans being allowed into the Brandywell for Derry City's next home game on Monday night

Local authority say 'test' fixture against Bohemians last week went 'very well'

D-day at Stormont for confirmation of latest phase of easing of Covid restrictions

Up to 500 fans could be allowed to attend Derry City's next home match at the Brandywell on Monday night.

At present, the recent relaxation of the Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland means that a maximum of 500 people are allowed to attend outdoor sports event.

However, for the Derry City against Bohemians game at the Brandywell last Friday night, only 165 fans were allowed into the stadium.

Friday night's game was used as a 'test event'.

A senior official within Derry City and Strabane District Council, which owns the Ryan McBride Brandywell stadium, yesterday said Friday night's game went 'very well'.

As a result, Barry O'Hagan, Head of Community and Leisure at the council, said they were 'hopeful' of the maximum number of fans under the current regulations being allowed into Derry City's next home against Sligo Rovers on June 21.

Mr O'Hagan was speaking yesterday at a meeting of the council's Health and Community committee.

A number of councillors on the committee had requested an update on the Brandywell attendance plans after being contacted by Derry fans.

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