FA Council review plans to boost grassroots football with proceeds from proposed Wembley sale
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 11/10/18 3:43pm
The FA's £600m plan to sell Wembley Stadium accelerated on Thursday when the full FA Council saw the organisation's blueprint to change grassroots football in England forever.
The 127 members of the council heard a presentation by the FA's chief executive officer Martin Glenn and chief financial officer Mark Burrows on what Fulham owner Shahid Khan is proposing for the home of English football.
An FA statement after the presentation read: "Today's FA Council meeting included a presentation and healthy discussion on the potential sale of Wembley Stadium. The full facts and figures of a £600m investment to improve community football facilities in England were outlined.
"The presentation also included detailed information on the commercial deal that has been discussed, including the protections that will be in place to ensure its status as the national stadium and the home of English football.
"A special meeting has been scheduled on Thursday 24 October for The FA Council members to vote on the potential sale. The FA Board will then take these views into consideration."
Sky Sports News understands that prior to the meeting as many as a third of the council members still held serious reservations over the deal, despite prior assurances from the FA that all of the £600m will be spent on grassroots projects.
A number of presentations were held on Tuesday at St George's Park.
While the Council does not have the power to halt any deal, one member told Sky Sports News prior to the presentation he believes the FA board would favour a unanimous verdict from the members, but may have to take a majority view.