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Cup venue choice mid-Feb

THE FOOTBALL Association will make an announcement on where this year's cup final will be held after the fifth round of the competition is completed on February 19.

FA boss Brian Barwick will make the decision about whether to play the final at Wembley or at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on May 13.

The area causing the most concern for the FA is the vast safety control room, which was this week being inspected for readiness by a team from project client Wembley National Stadium.

An FA spokesman said it wanted to give fans as much time as possible to make travel and accommodation arrangements. He added: 'The key factor on whether it's going to be at Wembley will be safety.' Martin Tidd, UK managing director for main contractor Multiplex, said: 'Everybody has got hung up on May 13. If we had our time again we would manage differently the significance of May 13.' A series of three 'ramp-up' or test events has been provisionally scheduled at Wembley in April.