No end to Wembly saga

PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 14 September 2010

DAVID CUFFLEY

Well, will we ever get to see a game at the new Wembley Stadium? The pitch was laid in June by the same company who renovated the playing surface at Carrow Road at the end of last season, so I suppose that's a start.

Well, will we ever get to see a game at the new Wembley Stadium?

The pitch was laid in June by the same company who renovated the playing surface at Carrow Road at the end of last season, so I suppose that's a start. But the prospects of staging this season's FA Cup final and play-off finals at the new home of English football look bleak if this week's reports are to be believed.

It is suggested that legal action by builders Multiplex could even delay the opening until 2010. to cover loss of earnings and the legal battle could last several years.

They may, it is claimed, refuse to hand over the keys of the stadium to Wembley National Stadium Ltd - an FA subsidiary - until the courts rule on their claim.

The whole Wembley fiasco has made the Millennium Dome saga look like a storm in an upturned saucer.

FA officials, already embarrassed by the cost of offloading under-achieving national team boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and now eager to start repaying the £433 million in loans needed to fund Wembley, must be getting desperate.

The pre-match nosh just hasn't been the same since they went to Cardiff.

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