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Portsmouth pull plug on WC bid

Fratton Park won't host World Cup

Last Updated: 25/11/09 1:47pm

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Fratton Park: Won't host WC

Fratton Park: Won't host WC

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Portsmouth have officially pulled out of the running to be a possible host city for the England 2018 & 2022 World Cup bid.

Remaining cities bidding to be English hosts: BIRMINGHAM BRISTOL DERBY HULL LEEDS LEICESTER LIVERPOOL LONDON MANCHESTER MILTON KEYNES NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD NOTTINGHAM PLYMOUTH PORTSMOUTH SHEFFIELD SUNDERLAND

Ten cities are expected to be confirmed as official hosts this week, and 16 cities had put their name forward.

Portsmouth have now officially pulled out of the running as their city council were unwilling to provide the necessary financial guarantees.

The club had put forward a plan to redevelop Fratton Park to a 37,000-seat stadium, with additional temporary seats to bring it up to Fifa's required capacity of more than 40,000.

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