Villa boss O'Neill: Wembley Stadium must be saved for football only

24 March 2010 07:45
Martin O'Neill has spoken out against Wembley Stadium being used for sports other than football following the disunity at the FA that led to Ian Watmore's resignation.

The chief executive supported the notion that the new national stadium should be used primarily to showcase football and that other events would have to fit around it.

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Aston Villa boss O'Neill was critical of the pitch following a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Carling Cup final last month and, as a self-confessed traditionalist, supported Watmore's view.

'I think Wembley should be kept just for football,' he said. 'Of course, I realise in this modern day people have to make some money and there could be the occasional game to be played on it like a rugby final.

'But I wouldn't want somebody playing on it on a regular basis, weekly or fortnightly. Not if you want some showpieces on it like a Carling Cup final, or an FA Cup final or semi-final. I happen to think that should be the case, but that's clearly not how they're thinking about it.

'Maybe that's one of the reasons there's been a bit of a fallout.'

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson even blamed the 'heavy' Wembley turf for the hamstring injury suffered by striker Michael Owen in the first half of the final.

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Source: Daily_Mail