Seven up for Wembley

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Wembley will host the Champions League final in 2013 and UEFA’s Congress in the same year will take place in London, UEFA president Michel Platini announced today.

The decisions are to mark the “exceptional circumstances” of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary in 2013, said Platini.

It means Wembley will host an unprecedented two finals in the space of three years after the success of the Barcelona v Manchester United final last month.

It will be the seventh time that Wembley has hosted the Champions League or European Cup final, the most of any venue.

n The Government would not consider a further bid to host the World Cup until FIFA becomes more “transparent and accountable’’, Sports minister Hugh Robertson said yesterday.

Mr Robertson said it was ``probably not a bad thing’’ the bid to host the 2026 World Cup was not scheduled for another two years, adding FIFA was in need of “radical structural reform”.

He told the Commons: “I would expect there to be a far greater degree of transparency and accountability at FIFA before we consider any future bid.’’