Eye-watering Wembley repair bill FA face if they do not sell to Shahid Khan

The FA face an eye-watering £72million Wembley repair bill – if they do not sell the national stadium to Fulham owner Shahid Khan.

The FA Council, which has 127 members, will meet on Wednesday with the governing body seeking to increase support for the planned £600million sale.

FA chiefs are set to plead with council members to consider voting through the proposal when a concrete decision is made in two weeks.

Opposition against the sale has grown in recent months and the FA’s chief financial officer, Mark Burrows, has revealed the costs behind the running of the stadium.

He said: “We do not need to sell Wembley. It is profitable and I would be happy to keep running it.

“But if we sell, the FA would save £72m in capital expenditure over the next six years, with £18m due this year.

“Wembley was built more than ten years ago.

“We need to upgrade connectivity and security, our hospitality, the toilets, to spend £2m on floodlights, £1m on the pitch, £1.5m on the beer delivery system.

“That’s £18m this year alone and we would be immediately off the hook for that. The outlay is the biggest number in the turnover equation.

“So we would be better off by handing over the stadium to them, never mind the £600m.”

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