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Saturday, 2 May 2009

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A recipe for disaster

A Press statement is expected to be released later today that may have severe implications for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton at Wembley on 30 May.

It's thought that, because of developments in the Swine Flu crisis, with the virus now capable of being transmitted freely between humans, avoiding situations in which large groups of people gather together would be a way of preventing further mass infections.

The capacity of Wembley Stadium is 90,000, and, health experts say, the knock-on effects of that many people potentially being infected at the same time could be disastrous.

Speaking from its headquarters in Soho Square, central London, the FA Director of Governance said:

"This is the most prestigious cup competition in football, and millions of people all over the world follow its progress. However, in light of the current health situation, we have to review our priorities, and, although Bill Shankly once said that football was more important than life and death, we take a different view. The mass gathering of 90,000 people inside our national stadium is a potential recipe for disaster. We are taking advice from the World Health Organisation, and will act accordingly."

Representatives are due to meet with WHO officials this morning, and a statement is expected this evening.

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