English Northern Premier League Division One North West football club Marine has launched an effort to virtually fill its stadium for the highly-anticipated FA Cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur, after it was confirmed the game will be played behind closed doors due to Covid-19.

Merseyside-based Marine will face Premier League high-flyers Tottenham on Sunday and there had been hope that fans would be in attendance when the draw for the FA Cup third round was made. Merseyside had been one of the areas of England that was permitted fan attendance for football matches and Marine had received permission to have up to 500 home fans at the 3,185-capacity Marine Travel Arena.

However, the UK Government’s announcement of stricter Covid-19 on December 30 put paid to that, as the Merseyside region was moved up into Tier 3 having been in Tier 2. Marine said the decision means it will lose around £100,000 (€111,000/$136,000) in potential revenue, adding this is a “disastrous blow” for the club.

Marine had earlier offered Tottenham season ticket holders free tickets to a Marine game during the 2021-22 season as away fans would not be allowed to attend the FA Cup match, and now the club has detailed the virtual match ticket plan.

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