Hibs will be allowed 2,000 home supporters inside Easter Road when they face Arsenal in a pre-season friendly match next week.

The cinch Premiership club had asked for ‘considerably more’ tickets as Premier League opposition come to Edinburgh. Hibs will receive one-third of what they asked for against Arsenal, the game the first time Easter Road has hosted fans since 2020.

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Arsenal visit Hibs next week. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A statement reads: “Hibernian FC this afternoon announced that the Club today received confirmation from the City of Edinburgh Council that capacity for our friendly match against Arsenal on July (13) will be limited to 2000 home fans only due to national public health guidance.

 

“The Club had pushed hard to admit around 6000 supporters with thorough protocols in place to ensure spectator safety worked through with the local authority, but Scottish Government guidance won’t allow for these numbers.

“The Club remains optimistic that we will have a larger capacity for our first competitive match on July 22, but much will depend on the First Minister’s announcement on July 13 regarding the proposed move to Level 0 and the removal of almost all current restrictions.”

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