FA Cup final opens to Emeli Sande performing to empty stadium

Sing like no-one’s listening: FA Cup final opens to bizarre scene of Emeli Sande performing much-loved Abide With Me to empty stadium

  •  Multi-million-selling pop star Emile Sande sang from the top of empty Wembley  
  •  Performance was pre-recorded but played inside stadium on the big screen
  •  One viewer said: ‘It showed how the pandemic has changed the world’

The FA Cup final opened to farcical scenes last night – as the coronavirus pandemic forced multi-million-selling pop star Emile Sande to sing to no-one from the top of empty Wembley Stadium

In a bizarre moment in footballing history the musician performed Abide With Me from Wembley’s rooftop ahead of the match between Arsenal and Chelsea.

One viewer said: ‘If anyone was unsure about how much the pandemic has changed the world, they certainly hadn’t by the time the game started.’ 

The musician was beamed out on a big screen inside the cavernous empty stadium

The empty stadium was the grounds for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal

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