Wembley likely to be re-laid before final

WEMBLEY officials last night admitted that there was justification for the criticism of the standard of pitch for the FA Cup semi-finals and are reviewing options to improve the surface. There was widespread criticism following the semi-finals and Wembley say it is "probable" the pitch will be replaced before the final.

Wembley say football is the top priority but they need to replace the pitch several times a year to hold other events. A decision on whether to replace the pitch again – this one has only been down for four weeks – will be made after the weekend.

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