Today, Chelsea take on Leicester City Football Club in the 140th FA Cup Final, with both teams hoping to collect a piece of silverware that would be a just reward for their decent seasons. Despite being below them in the Premier League, Chelsea go into the showpiece event as slight favourites, with the club in their fourth FA Cup Final in five years. The match will be witnessed by around 21,000 spectators, who will be in London’s Wembley Stadium as part of a coronavirus pilot event to test whether large audiences will be allowed to return to venues.
Among the crowd will be William, who is the President of the FA – England’s governing body for football – and in his role attends the match every year.
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Although he was unable to watch in 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions, the 38-year-old will be back in Wembley to enjoy the game, before presenting the winning team with the trophy.
And one onlooker at home will be particularly keen on William handing the iconic cup over to Chelsea, unearthed reports suggest.
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William spoke of George’s love of the southwest London side when he was asked by a woman from the capital’s Passage charity – an organisation which helps homelessness, and of which he is a patron.
Speaking on 2019’s BBC special A Berry Royal Christmas, William said: “George has already written his list for Father Christmas. He loves his drawing, he’s a very good drawer.
“We might give him something to do with drawing or football. He’s loving his football as well.”
The Duke was then asked whether George loved football because of him, and he replied: “I try not to be too biased, I said you can support anyone but Chelsea, so naturally he supports Chelsea.”
William has previously spoken of George’s affection with Chelsea, and told That Peter Crouch Podcast of the concerns he had about his team choice.
He told the show that he was “trying not to persuade him to be a Villa fan” but was actually “letting him choose his own way”.
He continued: “It’s about finding what fits for him.
“Previously I was a bit concerned about him supporting Chelsea, but now Frank’s come in I feel the culture’s a bit different at Chelsea and I’d be okay with it.”
The future monarch was referring to Frank Lampard, who was at the helm of Chelsea when he made his remarks before last year’s FA Cup Final.
He added: “I do like the values and the ethos of the club. I want them to look after the players and set a good example to the young fans.
“I want our children, when they go the match, to come away loving what they’ve seen, enjoying it and seeing their role models behave in a way that we’d all want them to.”
Frank’s team lost last year’s edition of the final, losing 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal Football Club, in a behind-closed-doors game.
As he was unable to attend the match in person, the MailOnline reported that William instead opted to invite guests to the Sandringham Estate to watch it.
Last year’s final was incredibly important to William as the tournament helped promote his Heads Up campaign, which aims to promote awareness of mental health struggles.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK