Colliery band brassed offside by Euro football final snub

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A WORLD-famous South Yorkshire colliery band have blown the whistle on European football chiefs after being snubbed for the Champions League final at Wembley.

Barnsley’s Grimethorpe Colliery band - which featured in the box office smash film Brassed Off - thought they would be playing on the Wembley turf when Manchester United take on Barcelona on May 28.

But the musicians had been relegated to play outside the stadium when the two clubs meet for European club football’s biggest prize. Now the band have told European football bosses they will not be at Wembley for the big night.

Said band manager Nigel Dixon: “We felt we had been sold a pup, so we’re not playing. When we saw the contract it said we wouldn’t be playing on the pitch. Instead it stipulated we would have to set up our instruments on Wembley Way so we would be playing to fans as they walked past and into the stadium.

“We feel that’s a job for an American-style marching band, it’s not us. So we told them they were booking the wrong sort of band, we don’t undertake that kind of work.”

But UEFA’s own goal will not leave a gaping hole in the band’s bulging diary - the members are currently on a huge theatre tour of the UK before setting off for Australia.