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Aston Villa's Olympic penalty

Planned construction work at Villa Park has ended hopes to include the stadium on the Olympic list for London 2012

Aston Villa Football Club is considering major construction work for its Birmingham home and as a result cannot commit to hosting matches for the Olympics’ football competition.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) made the joint decision with the football club and they will now consider other grounds in the Midlands, subject to International Olympic Committee approval.

Stipulations in place mean any stadium has to be all-seating with a capacity of at least 30,000.

Clubs from the surrounding area who could be eligible to fill the void left by Villa’s departure are: Birmingham City, Derby County, Leicester City, Nottingham Forrest and Coventry City.

A Locog spokesman said: ‘It has been agreed with Aston Villa that, because they are unable to make firm commitments to the project, the best course of action is for Villa Park to be withdrawn as an Olympic venue.’

Villa Park, which has a capacity of 42,000, was most notable for Archibald Leitch’s Trinity Road Stand, which featured stained glass windows, Italian mosaics and a grand staircase. It was demolished in 2000.

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