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Cheltenham Racecourse set for 45million makeover to grandstand and royal box

The Jockey Club unveils ambitious 45m vision for Cheltenham Racecourse

By
Marcus Townend

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14:58 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:27 GMT, 28 March 2013

Cheltenham have unveiled plans for a new 45million grandstand to be completed in time for the 2016 Festival.

Officials have dismissed threats
that the biggest commercial project ever undertaken by Jockey Club
Racecourses (JCR), owners of the flagship track, could be hindered by
established boxholders angry at losing their current vantage points.

Visionary: This artist's impression shows how the stand will look after the renovation

Visionary: This artist's impression shows how the stand will look after the renovation

Visionary: This artist's impression shows how the stand will look after the renovation

There had been suggestions that those with boxes in the New Stand, which will be demolished to accommodate the new five-floor development, could seek to protect the old building by applying for Listed Building status.

But a threatened demonstration yesterday failed to materialise and Simon Bazalgette, chief executive of JCR, said: ‘We have confirmation from English Heritage that (the New Stand) does not meet any requirements for Listed status.

‘Cheltenham needs to be considered as a world-class sports venue and it needs to keep pace with what our customers expect. We think it will be one of the most exciting developments not just in racing but in sport for the next few years.’

Officials were keen to point out that there would be elevated viewing terraces at the rear of the stand overlooking the parade ring and raised walkways to aid viewing and crowd flow.

‘They will create a wonderful amphitheatre and ensure the horse is at the centre of everything we do,’ said Ian Renton, JCR’s south west regional director.

Replacement: The new grandstand will have a capacity of 6,500 and will replace a smaller 1920s block

Replacement: The new grandstand will have a capacity of 6,500 and will replace a smaller 1920s block

Replacement: The new grandstand will have a capacity of 6,500 and will replace a smaller 1920s block

JCR are hoping to secure planning permission by the summer to build the stand, which will include a new Royal Box.

Construction should start after the Festival next March with the project completed two months ahead of the 2016 Festival.
The 1,500 spectators now housed in the New Stand, who will be offered
their own dedicated facility in the new build, will be found temporary
facilities during construction but racing will not be interrupted.
Renton said: ‘We will accommodate approximately 6,500 people (5,000 more
than the New Stand) and that will make a difference, particularly on
Gold Cup day which puts huge pressure on facilities.’

Renton added that the additional grandstand space would not necessarily
mean increased capacity but there will be financial pressure to do so
in order to fund such an expensive project. Paul Fisher, managing
director of JCR, denied that the development will be forced to cater for
richer and corporate guests, adding: ‘This is not just a grandstand for
corporate but will improve the experience for all racegoers.’

However, plans do include a ‘Super Club’, with facilities on the top
floor which will be something like the palatial Royal Ascot Racing
Club.

Bazalgette denied suggestions that financial pressure could make an
extra day being added to the Festival more likely or that the meeting
may be moved to include a Saturday.

He added that previous suggestions that a development could include a
hotel or venue for Cheltenham Town football club were not in mind ‘at
the moment’.

Mark Cavendish confident of success in 2013

Keep the faith! Cavendish bullish success will come his way in 2013 after switching to Omega

By
Mike Dawes

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09:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:16 GMT, 2 January 2013

Mark Cavendish believes the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team can propel him back to winning ways.

The 'Manx Missile' struggled to make an impact at Team Sky last year before failing to win a medal at the London Olympics.

But the world’s fastest sprinter has been impressed with the set-up at his new employers.

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

'I have to say that the first approach with the team in Slovakia and Mallorca during the training camp was great,' Cavendish said.

'When you come to a new group, you never know how it’s going to go or how to behave. Instead, with this group there was immediate synchrony.

'Everyone here, staff and athletes, really loves cycling and is psyched to be a part of this group that has such a great history. For me, it’s important to be a part of this and to feel the faith around me.’

Cavendish will join his team-mates for a training camp in Spain later this week before making his debut at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina later in January.

'I will probably anticipate my arrival in Spain by a few days, so I can get right down to hard work,' he added.

VIDEO: New year, new team for Cav…

‘It’s going to be an important training camp, during which we’re going to be doing a lot of work to prepare for the start of the season,

‘2013 already looks like is going to be full of events. I want to do well and give back to this fantastic group that has placed so much faith in me,

‘The heritage of this team is incredible; it’s been around since 2003. I’m proud to wear this jersey that Tom (Boonen) and the other guys on the team have made unique in the group.

‘Now I, too, want to contribute and feel like this jersey I’m wearing is even more my own.’

David Luiz will tell Rafael Benitez about Corinthians players and tactics

Luiz will give Rafa the lowdown on Chelsea's Club World Cup final opponents Corinthians… and we'll do the same for you

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15:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

David Luiz is planning to give his Rafa Benitez all the information he needs on Corinthians, his boyhood club and the team which stand between Chelsea and the world title.

He will tell them about the famously frenzied fans, about the selfless and workmanlike ethic which is their chief characteristic and about star player Paulinho.

'I know all about Corinthians,' said Luiz. 'I can talk about them to the rest of the team for half an hour or more.

Words of wisdom: David Luiz will tell Rafa Benitez how to cope with his boyhood side Corinthians

Words of wisdom: David Luiz will tell Rafa Benitez how to cope with his boyhood side Corinthians

CORINTHIANS: The lowdown

THEY'RE THE CHELSEA OF BRAZIL

Well, kind of. They're Brazil's richest club but, like Chelsea in the Champions League, they never managed to translate their spending power into success in the Copa Libertadores until this year. Both clubs have also won a similar number of league titles, five and four, respectively.

THEY HAVE ENGLISH HERITAGE

Indeed. Their name was inspired by Corinthian Football Club, a London-based team who toured Brazil in 1910. Thankfully, Corinthians' founders did not delve too much deeper into the principles of their namesakes, who refused to enter the Football League or FA Cup for years because their rules forbade them from competing for 'any challenge cup or prizes of any description'. Corinthian FC's white shirts also inspired those of Real Madrid.

THEY'VE WON THIS CUP ALREADY

Again, kind of. Remember the fuss that was made back in 1999 when Manchester United withdrew from the FA Cup That was after FIFA decided to organise their own club tournament, seemingly in a bid to extend their dominion over the game in an era when UEFA's Champions League was becoming as big as international football. Anyway, Corinthians won the bloated eight-team tournament despite only qualifying as 'hosts'.

THEIR NEW STADIUM LOOKS SENSATIONAL

And so it should, as it's due to host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. Work on the 68,000 Arena Corinthians began last year and is due to be completed in 2013 at a cost of 350 million US dollars (217million). Corinthians have been tenants at the 40,000 Estadio do Pacaembu for 72 years and it certainly looks its age, having hosted games at the 1950 World Cup.

NOT NEIL WARNOCK'S FAVOURITE CLUB

UEFA last week announced rules to outlaw third-party ownership of players, which was banned in England after West Ham took advantage of the practice to bring Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the Premier League six years ago from Corinthians. It caused an almighty storm after the club survived relegation at the expense of Warnock's Sheffield United. Co-incidentally, Chelsea's next game is against his Leeds side.

BEN RUMSBY, PA

'They have Paulinho, yes but more important are their tactics. They are a very tactically aware team, playing with two lines, always compact and solid.

'The key to Corinthians is their passion. They work hard as a team, they run hard, they are energetic and they are united. They are strong throughout, and they have a passionate support.

'Paulinho plays for the national team, and other experienced players like Douglas, who has a lot of quality with his left foot.

'I have lots of friends there, like Cassio the goalkeeper, who I played with in the Brazil U20s and the national team. Wallace played with me as a 14-year-old, Fabio Santos their left-back played with me when we were younger as well.

'They are my friends. I know them, they know me. It’s a great game for me to have.'

Luiz was born in Sao Paulo state, although he moved away to pursue his career as a teenager.

'I was a Corinthians fan,' he said. 'I started out playing for Sao Paulo, not Corinthians, and Kaka was always my idol, because he was not just a good player, but also a good person as well.

'I saw a lot of Corinthians game but now I am a professional, a Chelsea player, so I know what I have to do. I just hope Chelsea win. That’s my focus.

'I saw the Club World Cup final in 2000, when Corinthians beat Vasco Da Gama, two teams with real quality. It was good for me to watch the game and the big teams, because Real Madrid were there as well as Manchester United.

'I remember Ryan Giggs scoring against Palmeiras in 1999, a month before that Club World Cup. He's a special talent, a fantastic player. For him to play well for so many successive years is incredible.

'Scolari was manager of Palmeiras then and I remember that – because Palmeiras had taken out Corinthians in the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores! If we'd won, we'd have been playing United, not them.

'Corinthians won their first Copa Libertadores this year. Now they have their first opportunity to win the Club World Cup. It's different in South America. For us in Brazil this is the last game of the season, like the Champions League Final was for Chelsea.

'For the fans in Brazil all the build-up and preparation means it feels like an early Christmas present, because the calendar is different.

'People dream, a lot, about this competition. I did, too. When I was young I always talked about this competition, dreaming that one day I would get the chance to play in it, in the final. Now I have that opportunity.'

Advantage: Luiz hopes his information will help team-mates like Fernando Torres flourish

Advantage: Luiz hopes his information will help team-mates like Fernando Torres flourish

Meet Corinthians' Mr Perfect who is out to get Chelsea – by Ben Rumsby, PA

He paints, he writes, he plays chess, poker and tennis – and he is a male model.

And if that were not enough to make Chelsea fans sick of Corinthians' Mr Perfect, Paulo Andre was today also plotting the European champions' downfall in Sunday's Club World Cup final.

Andre is the ideal antidote to the stereotype of the modern footballer, the defender as much of an exception to the rule in Brazil as he would be in England.

Mr Perfect: Paulo Andre (centre) is plotting the downfall of Chelsea in the Club World Cup final

Mr Perfect: Paulo Andre (centre) is plotting the downfall of Chelsea in the Club World Cup final

Speaking in near-flawless English he learnt during pizza-eating sessions with two Americans while a youth-team player, Andre said: 'I'm unusual. It's very hard to find players like that.

'I'm not sure if it's because they are not capable or because they are shy about saying they do different things from football.

'We have a culture in Brazil where the football player can only play football. He can't think, he can't talk, he's there just to play.

'And I'm trying to show people that you can be different.'

The 29-year-old does not hide his light under a bushel.

Unusually in football these days he wrote his own autobiography, 'The Game of My life', and celebrated Corinthians' Brazilian title win last year by creating a giant painting using footballs dipped in black paint kicked at the canvas by his team-mates.

It can only be imagined what he would do if they are crowned world champions on Sunday.

'I could never dream that I would play a final game like this,' Andre said.

'So, this is the chance of my life, it's the moment I live for.'

It has become a cliche that the Club World Cup means more to South American teams than their European counterparts.

'I think it's cultural in our country,' said Andre, who nevertheless claimed the Copa Libertadores had become even more of an obsession for Corinthians before their maiden triumph this year.

They had already won the one-off Club World Championship in Brazil back in 2000, although if their fans care less about the current tournament, they have a funny way of showing it.

Around 30,000 of their estimated 30 million following are expected to attend Sunday's final and Andre said: 'We see from our fans – 30 million fans – that they ask us just to make them proud and show them who Corinthians are and that's what we're going to do.'

Tough: Santos knows Chelsea will be tricky to beat but says his side knows how to do it

Tough: Santos knows Chelsea will be tricky to beat but says his side knows how to do it

Andre is a lifelong supporter himself, finally realising his dream of playing for the club three years ago via a stint in France and a trial at Rangers.

The Glasgow giants failed to meet the asking price of his Brazilian club but Andre had no regrets about not moving to the UK.

The man who has yet to be capped by his country, but was crowned Brazil's Footballer of the Year last year, said: 'I think I went the right way. I'm playing a final in a World Cup.'

For that final to be a success, Andre must tame Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard and put an end to Fernando Torres' mini-revival.

'We know exactly what to do to try to stop them, so let's try to put into practice what we have in mind, what our coach said to do,' Andre said.

'Of course, it would've been much better if it was a month ago because of Torres…'

On song: Juan Mata will need to be shackled if Corinthians are to suceed

On song: Juan Mata will need to be shackled if Corinthians are to suceed

Andre was referring to the latest goal drought for the 50million man, ended emphatically after he netted five times in his last three games.

That included yesterday's semi-final win over Monterrey, in which Chelsea looked far more comfortable than Corinthians did in their own semi against Al Ahly.

Andre warned his side were capable of creating their own shock on Sunday, something that is sure to see him release an updated version of his autobiography.

There could be plenty more volumes to come as well, with the defender already planning for his retirement.

'I would really like to help my country to rediscover their brilliant football, with organisation and everything else,' he said.

'I don't know about coaching, but maybe with sports politics.

'I think I have the knowledge – practical and theoretical – to do that.'

West Ham will punish minority – David Gold

We will investigate from top to bottom and the minority will be punished

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 26 November 2012

Like many of the people around me in the directors’ box at White Hart Lane I didn’t hear or see any of the reported inappropriate behaviour during Sunday’s game with Tottenham. If I had then I’m sure I would have been mortified.

We have a clear stance towards any kind of discriminatory behaviour at West Ham — it will simply not be tolerated.

David Sullivan and I are leading an investigation from the top of the club to establish exactly what happened.

Warning: David Gold promised action will be taken by West Ham

Warning: David Gold promised action will be taken by West Ham

If we can identify any individuals who have acted inappropriately they will be sought out and banned by the club as part of our zero-tolerance policy.

We genuinely believe we have some of the best supporters in the country and we will not let a minority of fans — no matter how small — affect the reputation of our great club.

We are a club that promotes tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds, race and religion.

Just a quick look around our boardroom table would tell you that.

I am very proud of my Jewish heritage and have always been made to feel welcome at West Ham since I started watching them as a young boy back in the 1950s.

Disgraceful: West Ham fans allegedly sang ant-Semitic songs on Sunday

Disgraceful: West Ham fans allegedly sang ant-Semitic songs on Sunday

That wasn’t always the case growing up in the East End and I know first-hand how difficult dealing with prejudice can be, which is why I feel so passionately about promoting inclusion in society today.

At West Ham we feel very passionately that every supporter should be made welcome at the Boleyn Ground, whatever their race, religion or nationality and we are keen for our club to carry on taking the lead in promoting tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds and cultures.

We must not let the tens of thousands of supporters who follow our club in exactly the right way be overlooked by Sunday’s events.

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli expected to be fit for Italy"s opener with Spain

Italy boosted with news that Balotelli should be fit for Spain opener

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18:33 GMT, 5 June 2012

Mario Balotelli is expected to be passed fit for Italy's European Championship opener against Spain.

Manchester City striker Balotelli gave the Azzurri an injury scare yesterday after picking up a thigh problem and did not train this morning ahead of the squad's flight to Poland.

But head coach Cesare Prandelli was confident the 21-year-old would be ready for Sunday's Group C opener in Gdansk.

Fitness boost: Italy hope Mario Balotelli will be fit for their opening game with Spain

Fitness boost: Italy hope Mario Balotelli will be fit for their opening game with Spain

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'Balotelli, as well as (Christian) Maggio, has an adductor strain,” said Prandelli, speaking after arriving in Krakow.

'But it's nothing serious. He will probably be ready for the first match.'

Meanwhile, Balotelli will have both his family names on his shirt at Euro 2012.

UEFA's official tournament list shows that the forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.

Scare: The Italians were worried that a thigh problem could keep the Manchester City striker out but he looks to have recovered

Scare: The Italians were worried that a thigh problem could keep the Manchester City striker out but he looks to have recovered

Balotelli was born in Sicily as Mario Barwuah to parents of Ghanaian descent.

His African heritage is now being stressed days after Balotelli said in an interview that he will walk off the field if he is racially abused at Euro 2012.

He took the name Balotelli from his foster parents in Brescia, who brought him up after he became ill as a toddler.

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli to wear Barwuah on Italy shirt

Meet Barwuah Balotelli: Italy striker to wear both family names on Euro 2012 shirt

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15:26 GMT, 5 June 2012

Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at Euro 2012.

UEFA's official tournament list shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.

All in the name: Mario Balotelli prepares to fly to Poland

All in the name: Mario Balotelli prepares to fly to Poland

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Balotelli was born in Sicily as Mario Barwuah to parents of Ghanaian descent. His African heritage is now being stressed days after Balotelli said in an interview that he will walk off the field if he is racially abused at Euro 2012.

He took the name Balotelli from his foster parents in Brescia, who brought him up after he became ill as a toddler.

He only uses the Balotelli name on his shirt when playing for Manchester City.

Waiting game: Balotelli must prove his fitness before the tournament

Waiting game: Balotelli must prove his fitness before the tournament

Italy starts their Group C campaign against Spain on Sunday in Gdansk.

UEFA's list also shows how Denmark has solved the issue of identifying three players called Poulsen in its 23-man squad.

Christian Poulsen will wear 'Chr. Poulsen', Jakob Poulsen will have 'J. Poulsen' and Simon Busk Poulsen will wear 'Busk Poulsen.'

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have only 'Chamberlain' on his shirt.

Bolton sign deal with adidas

Relegated Bolton sign adidas deal but Reebok Stadium retains name

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23:01 GMT, 21 May 2012

Bolton have signed a deal with adidas which brings to an end the longest kit partnership in British football history.

For 22 years Wanderers have had their kit made by Bolton-born brand Reebok and although the company will retain its status as stadium naming rights holder their will no longer feature on shirts.

'I would like to thank Reebok for their outstanding support in their capacity as technical kit sponsor over the past 22 years,' said Bolton chief executive Allan Duckworth.

All change: Bolton's shirts will be produced by adidas from next season

All change: Bolton's shirts will be produced by adidas from next season

'The move is a logical one for all parties. Reebok's focus on their heritage in fitness and the move away from football provided this opportunity for the club to secure a new technical kit sponsor and in adidas we have found the very best.'

Bolton will launch their new kit in the npower Championship in August, having been relegated from the Barclays Premier League earlier this month.

Manchester United can still beat City and Chelsea to star players, says David Gill

Manchester United can still beat big-spending City and Chelsea to star players, insists Gill

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23:40 GMT, 17 May 2012

David Gill is confident Manchester United will be able to challenge their big-spending noisy neighbours in the transfer market this summer.

However, the United chief executive admits his club could quite easily be 'out-muscled' by Manchester City when going for certain targets and concedes they may have to resort to charm to persuade some players to snub the millions on offer at the Etihad Stadium.

Target man: United and City are locked in battle for Lille's Eden Hazard

Target man: United and City are locked in battle for Lille's Eden Hazard

Last Sunday Roberto Mancini guided City to their first league title since 1968 after a dramatic injury-time winner from Sergio Aguero pushed United into second on goal difference.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to stop City dominating the Barclays Premier League and will look to strengthen his squad this summer, with Lille midfielder Eden Hazard thought to be high on his shortlist.

City have also targeted the Belgium international but Gill insists there is still good reason for players to spurn City's megabucks and move to Old Trafford instead.

'We believe we can compete,' Gill said.

'Our turnover and our cash profits demonstrate we can invest in players as necessary. Other clubs may pay slightly more but we pay very good salaries.

'The romance of United is there for everyone to see.

'A player coming to Manchester United has the benefit of working under Sir Alex Ferguson, playing in front of 76,000 every week, and there is our history and heritage and the commercial spin-offs.

'We shouldn't be shy or embarrassed or worried about not being able to attract top players because I firmly believe we can.

Sign of the times: United lost out to City in race for Samir Nasri

Sign of the times: United lost out to City in race for Samir Nasri

'You can play with great players in a fantastic environment. That's a very good package so why wouldn't you choose that'

Last summer Ferguson thought he had pulled off a transfer coup by persuading Samir Nasri to move to Old Trafford after the France midfielder decided to leave Arsenal.

But the 24-year-old opted instead to join City in a deal that reportedly saw his wage soar to 175,000 a week.

Gill admits United may lose out on some signings this summer if a player's wage is a major factor in the transfer.

'If a player says 'I'm relaxed I can either go to City, United or Chelsea and it will just come down to a money thing' then they may out-muscle us,' Gill said.

'But that's their choice. We say: 'fine, have our own parameters'. We have to make sure our salary ranges are appropriate.'

Gill was speaking at a ceremony in London where Ferguson was honoured as the greatest manager in the 20-year history of the Premier League.

Prize asset: Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

Prize asset: Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

The Scot has seen off the challenges of many a side during his 26 years at Old Trafford and Gill thinks United are well-equipped to deal with their latest setback.

'When you go back to when Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and they won the title in '05 and '06, and everyone said: 'this is it, Abramovich and Chelsea are going to be there for 10 years' and (now) it's nothing like that,' Gill said.

'Whilst the season clearly did not end on the best note we still ended up on 89 points, the title hasn't been decided on goal difference before.

'We'd all recognise we underachieved in Europe this year given what we'd achieved the previous years but from a league perspective we're happy with what we've done.'

Carlos Tevez, who spent two seasons at Old Trafford before moving to the Etihad Stadium, rubbed salt into United's wounds when he was pictured holding an 'RIP Fergie' sign during City's celebrations on Monday.

The sign, which is thought to have referred to Ferguson's comment that United would only be underdogs against City 'over my dead body', caused outrage and the Blues soon apologised.

Gill refused to enter into a war of words over the incident, merely saying: 'We move on. It was a bit strange but City apologised.'

Chelsea bid for Battersea Power Station site

Chelsea planning 60,000-seater stadium after bidding for Battersea Power Station site

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12:30 GMT, 4 May 2012

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13:00 GMT, 4 May 2012

Chelsea have confirmed they had submitted a bid to acquire the Battersea Power Station site in order to build a new 60,000-seater stadium.

The Blues announced they and property development partner Almacantar were hoping to acquire the 39 acres of land they could redevelop if they decide to relocate from Stamford Bridge.

The clubs plans include preserving all the significant aspects of the power station itself.

For sale: Chelsea hope to buy the Battersea Power Station site

For sale: Chelsea hope to buy the Battersea Power Station site

Chelsea said in a statement: 'Battersea Power Station is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

'Our joint bid was submitted in accordance with the sales process established by the joint administrators for the site. The process could run for a number of months.

'We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful.'

Chelsea cannot move from Stamford Bridge unless they can convince fan-led group Chelsea Pitch Owners, who own the land beneath Stamford Bridge, to sell them back the freehold.

That was something they failed to do at an extraordinary general meeting of CPO back in October.

The statement added: 'We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.

'We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.

Home: Chelsea currently play at Stamford Bridge

Home: Chelsea currently play at Stamford Bridge

'Working with architects and planning experts, we have developed a plan
to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station.

'The four iconic chimneys and wash towers along with the Grade II*
listed west turbine hall and control room will be restored and retained
in their original locations and provide a unique architectural backdrop
to a world-class stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.

'Following feedback from fans, our initial plans include a 15,000
all-seated one-tier stand behind the south goal, likely to be the
biggest one-tier stand in football.

'Also as suggested by many fans, the stadium proposed is rectangular in
shape with four separate stands. The design includes a bigger family
area and more room for disabled supporters.

'As well as a new home for our club, the development would include a
town centre with substantial street-level retail shops, affordable
housing and offices – all of which would benefit Wandsworth and bring a
significant number of permanent jobs to the area.

'We would also make a significant contribution towards the Northern Line
Extension, a new high-volume transport link proposed for the area.

'We will keep our fans updated as the process develops.'

Luke Donald loses No 1 spot to Rory McIlroy

Donald loses No 1 status to McIlroy as Pettersson claims victory in the USA

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23:50 GMT, 15 April 2012

Luke Donald surrendered his world No 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy on Sunday as Sweden's Carl Pettersson won the RBC Heritage in South Carolina by a convincing five shots.

Pettersson, who led by a shot from American Colt Knost overnight, finished with a two-under-par 69 to end the tournament at Harbour Town on 14-under par.

Losing his way: Luke Donald shot two over par in South Carolina

Losing his way: Luke Donald shot two over par in South Carolina

That total put him well clear of Zach Johnson of the United States, with Knost a shot further back in third on eight-under.

Johnson went round in 70, while Knost saw his hopes of glory ended by a disappointing 74.

Donald ended a tournament to forget in joint 37th to lose his top spot in the rankings to McIlroy.

Back on top: Rory McIlroy has regained his place at the top of the world rankings

Back on top: Rory McIlroy has regained his place at the top of the world rankings

The Englishman, who closed with a
second successive level-par 71, needed to finish in the top eight to
retain top spot, but ended on two over, 16 shots behind Pettersson.

The Swede got off to a flying start
with three birdies in his first five holes, and he could comfortably
afford a bogey sixth on the 15th.

Johnson was also three-under through
five for the round as he looked to challenge Pettersson, but four bogeys
and only two more birdies ended his challenge.

Champion: Carl Pettersson with the Heritage Golf trophy

Champion: Carl Pettersson with the Heritage Golf trophy

Knost's hopes were all but ended by a triple-bogey seven on the third as he completed his final round in three-over.

He finished ahead of two more Americans, Kevin Stadler and Billy Mayfair, on six under.

Brian Davis was the highest placed Briton in a tie for 13th after a final-round 73 left him three under overall.

Donald went round in level par,
bouncing back from a double-bogey six on the first with birdies on the
fifth and sixth as he salvaged some respectability.