FA insist new Wembley will be ready for FA Cup
The Football Association insist they have been given assurances the new Wembley stadium will be ready to host next year's FA Cup final on May 13.
A report has suggested that FA officials privately rate the chances of Wembley staging the final as only '50-50' but a spokesman said construction firm Multiplex are on course to hand over the stadium on March 31 as planned.
The FA spokesman said: 'We are working towards hosting the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium next year. Constructors Multiplex assure us that the stadium will be completed on schedule for handover on March 31. They are the experts in this area and we have to follow their guidance.'
Multiplex have had some problems with work on the £757million stadium and are expected to lose money overall on the project. Their initial completion date of January 31 has had to be put back to March 31.
The handover will see Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL), a FA-owned subsidiary, take charge of the ground and prepare several warm-up events to test the safety facilities, as demanded by Brent council, before the first sell-out event at the stadium.