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Road to Wembley still clear despite doomed 2006 bid

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The backers of the £475 million project to rebuild Wembley Stadium have said that the scheme will be unaffected if - as is expected - England fails in its bid to stage the football World Cup in 2006. Spokesman Chris Palmer told the AJ that although the World Cup would have meant that the stadium would have played host to six games during the finals, no event under third party control such as the World Cup or Olympics were part of the business plan. Foster and Partners and HOK Lobb designed the scheme.

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