FA denies France in Wembley 2006 curtain raiser

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - The Football Association (FA) on Thursday denied a claim by the French Football Federation (FFF) that England will face France in the first match at the new Wembley Stadium in March 2006.

PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - The Football Association (FA) on Thursday denied a claim by the French Football Federation (FFF) that England will face France in the first match at the new Wembley Stadium in March 2006.

The FFF said that they have agreed to face England for the curtain-raising match.

But the FA, which is said to be in discussions with a number of national associations, say that this is premature.

"The FA hasn't made any decisions about the first game to be played at Wembley," said an FA spokesman.

"Clearly it will be a hugely exciting match and we look forward to being able to announce details of our upcoming fixtures in the future," he added.

A FFF said earlier Thursday that they had accepted an invitation to play England, with a return friendly scheduled for France in November, 2007.

When completed in early 2006, the new Wembley Stadium - built and run by the FA - will be the biggest soccer stadium in the world, with state-of-the-art facilities and seating for 90,000 fans.

The redevelopment is costing GBP 757 million (USD 1.17 billion).

© AFP

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