EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea home Stamford Bridge set for World Cup 2018 snub

27 November 2009 10:05

Chelsea are expected to lose out to the 2012 Olympic Stadium when London name the four grounds included in their bid to be a host city for the 2018 World Cup.

Today is the deadline for all the candidate cities to submit their bids to England 2018 and Stamford Bridge is unlikely to make it.

The lack of space around the stadium means it would struggle to meet with FIFA's approval.

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London will have confidence in Wembley, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, the proposed new White Hart Lane ground and the Olympic Stadium.

FIFA demand a minimum capacity of 40,000 but London 2012's plan is to reduce the Olympic Stadium to 25,000 seats after the Games and keep it as a venue for athletics.

Meanwhile, the Government last night rejected Everton's proposal to build a new ground in Kirkby.

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Source: Daily_Mail