Earlier this week, Shahid Khan withdrew his offer of £600m to purchase Wembley due to the lack of support from council members of the FA.
It was stated that had the deal gone through, the money made from the sale would be used to support grassroots football.
Following the collapse of the deal, news media and footballing officials have all been asking the question, what does this mean for grassroots football?
Grassroots football has for years been asking for a much-needed boost in investment from the FA to help for better facilities amongst many other things. There has always been the argument that football has became more about the money than it has the sport in recent times due to the business nature it is perceived to be.
Fans are paying over the odds to watch their teams play. Millions of pounds or most recently billions of pounds are spent by clubs in transfer windows. Just to top off the ridiculous nature of spending and money involved within the professional game, TV rights are being heavily boosted to screen top tier football with a deal worth billions.
It's not hard to understand the anger which has forced campaigns being put into place for the FA to act and improve their investment into the grassroots system. The amount of money already involved within the game should make for more than enough to cover the system for years to come and with money constantly being pumped into the game at such a high amount, there should be money made available to spread out evenly across the country.
At the price of £600m, which was criticised by fans as "gifting" the stadium away, not only was Wembley Stadium going to be a bargain for Khan but that amount of money is nothing compared to the money already involved within the professional game. It can be said that the money would be used for grassroots football as the main priority but it's hard to believe that would have been true. Even if that was the case, the deal went through and the grassroots system did receive a significant amount of the sale, would it of been enough to sustain them or would they be back to square one in a couple of years needing more investment once again?
Grassroots football needs every bit of help it can receive. More needs to be done to keep the system afloat but with the ever rising cost of football and football being invested in at all times, there will always be campaigns and there will always be the need for investment for the grassroots system.
Despite all the negatives surrounding the collapse of the Wembley Stadium sale and what impact it could have on the investment to the grassroots system, it should be seen as great news to the fans within English football who believed that Wembley should not be sold off whatever the price tag. It's the heart of English football. From the playoffs to the FA Cup final. It's the home of English football.