Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ARSENE WENGER STOPS USE OF ARSENAL'S EMIRATE STADIUM FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP
Manager, Arsene Wenger, famous for his selective vision when Arsenal are at fault, can’t see any point of 2015 Rugby World Cup matches being staged at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger is understood to have been the Premier League manager most opposed to hosting games in a tournament that will use big football grounds to reach the target of selling 2.9million tickets and bringing in £100m.
The Emirates was on the first list of potential venues but Wenger was adamant he didn’t want to risk damaging the pristine Arsenal pitch or affecting their fixture schedule whatever the financial benefits to the club.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might have been expected to have been just as protective of Old Trafford.
But he is believed to be more sanguine on the issue because of the input of trusted Twickenham groundsman Keith Kent, who was previously at United.
Liverpool City Council were enthusiastic about Anfield being one of the 2015 grounds, but the Fenway Sports Group, owners of the club, are not keen on being involved.
The Olympic Stadium has taken the Emirates’ place as one of the three prospective London venues along with Twickenham and Wembley.