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Officials say Wembley not structurally damaged

Wembley officials have denied the national stadium sustained structural damage during a storm on Monday night, and insist the building remains 'fully operational'.

A report this morning claimed a four-storey high crack had appeared in the £827 million stadium, causing a large area of the building to be sealed off and threatening forthcoming events.

But officials say the stadium suffered only minor damage due to the natural settling of the heavy building, which opened for business in March 2007, and all scheduled events will go ahead as planned.

A Wembley spokeswoman said: "There was some minor movement in the building on Monday morning. Our engineers have reviewed the situation and reports indicate that this has been caused by natural settling.

"As with all large structures, the stadium has been designed with movement tolerance factored in. Reports suggesting that there is a crack in the stadium as a result of this movement are incorrect.

"It's business as usual and the stadium remains fully operational."

The news means the forthcoming rugby union game between the Barbarians and Australia on 3 December will not be affected.