According to the former chairman of the Football Association (FA), Greg Dyke the proposed £600 million sale of Wembley stadium could not go through because of “old men” who are “living in the past”.
Speaking with the BBC, Dyke blamed the opposition from the FA Council for causing Shahid Khan, the owner of Premier League club Fulham and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, to withdraw his offer to buy the stadium in a deal that would have helped fund grassroots football.
He said that the council, which has almost 130 mostly male members, should not have been making the decision in any case.
He told the BBC’s Sportsweek programme on Sunday, October 21, 2018 that:
“If I’d been chairman, I would have said it is the [FA) board’s decision.
“I don’t think the council is equipped to make this decision- that is what the FA board is for.
“The council is living in the past, as it always has done. If you want to have a step change in grassroots facilities in this country you need this sort of money to be spent.
“It’s bizarre that the old men of the FA Council have stopped this”.
Khan made his offer in April, 2018 and the full FA Council was to have voted on whether to accept it on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. However, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn said Khan had withdrawn his offer. Glenn said:
“At a recent meeting with Mr. Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal.