Fulham owner Khan: Wembley great for National Football League team Jaguars

Jags owner Khan offers to buy Wembley

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"Should the board agree to proceed with a sale of Wembley, it is our intention that all proceeds would be placed in trust by the FA with governance approved by football stakeholders, government and Sport England to ensure they are allocated to closing the facilities gap and building community assets up and down England", Clarke wrote.

England's Football Association is in negotiations to sell Wembley Stadium, the home of the national football team, to US billionaire Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.

"It was a very special place and I don't think we should be selling it", Banks wrote in The Sun newspaper.

Spurs are playing at the Wembley Stadium in London this season, as their current home ground - White Hart Lane - is undergoing reconstruction.

While former England player Gary Lineker said the money from the sale should be put towards grassroots football organisations.

But Bates, who was in charge of the project to rebuild Wembley until December 2000 when he was sidelined due to spiralling costs, believes the national stadium should stay in the hands of the FA.

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"I love Wembley as a stadium as an institution". "If my ownership interests were to include Wembley Stadium, it would protect the Jaguars' position in London at a time when other National Football League teams are understandably becoming more interested in this great city". Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea's manager, opposed the deal, comparing Wembley to some of Britain's most famous lanmarks. If Wembley is sold it will no longer be Wembley Stadium.

"We can't sell the monuments in my opinion", said to reporters.

The FA still has about £140 million of debt to repay on the stadium and has a six-year plan to do so, using the income from Club Wembley, which last year brought in £56 million. Does English football mean nothing now? "It belongs to the English fans and their children, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren".

"It's seen as one of the best stadiums in the world and it should belong to the people who, at least in part, paid for it'".

"Wembley is not only an iconic stadium, it's great for the Jaguars", Khan told United States television station CBS47/FOX30.

Khan told The Associated Press that "very preliminary talks" have been held with the FA about bidding for the Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament.

I don't think Levy will be losing any sleep over this but Chelsea may be.if this goes through where will they play their games when the Bridge gets redeveloped??

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