Any hope of this year's FA Cup Final, between Chelsea and Plymouth, being held at the new Wembley stadium has been destroyed amidst claims that the entire stadium project has been abandoned by contractors Multiplex Construction.
The reasons for the abandonment are unclear, although reporters at the home of John Roberts, chairman of Multplex Construction Ltd, in Kensington, Chelsea, report witnessing a group of tunic-clad men leaving his house in the early hours of Sunday morning. The men, who left in a convoy of chariots, were later seen leaving Southampton Port in a Trireme ship.
Reporters at the time thought nothing more than that Roberts was throwing another one of his lavish parties, funded by the FA.
Claims have been rife that the contract to the stadium's development has been taken over by a small Italian company called "Gladiatores Colliseum Limitadez".
Gladiatores chairman Maximus Decimus Meridius has not denied the reports. A spokesman for the company said "The company have enquired about Wembley. Since Steve McClaren's ascent to England management, and the England national team's spate of bad results, we have seen a potential market for what we do."
The claims come after news that Italian authorities have banned soccer outright, and half of Italy's football stadia have been converted into Gladiator arenas.
The FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Plymouth will now be held at Old Trafford. The game will see Plymouth hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw until the 89th minute, when Drogba will score a scabby brace, followed by Mourinho telling us how good he is.