The future of Wembley Stadium remains uncertain as an announcement from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport failed to materialise before today's local government elections.
The DCMS refused to comment on whether it allowed Wembley National Stadium Limited extra time after the 30 April deadline to present a finalised proposal in compliance with the conditions laid out in December. Following standard procedure it will make an announcement during the first session of Parliament after the elections, on Tuesday 7 May.
WNSL, meanwhile, is expected to make a statement on Friday outlining the final details of its scheme for a modified version of Foster and Partners/HOK Sports' design. A WNSL spokesman claimed it would be improper to make an announcement before the elections. 'This is politically sensitive information. The DCMS and Brent council are not in a position to comment and we don't wish to embarrass them, ' claimed the source.
The delay has angered representatives of the Birmingham bid, whose Arup Sport design is second favourite behind the Wembley plan.
'We are calling time on the government, the FA and WNSL, ' said Kevin Johnson, head of the Birmingham Campaign. 'It seems strange that the DCMS won't even comment on whether a report has been submitted or not.'