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Dons to go green.

Wimbledon's controversial move to Dublin has been given the go-ahead by their Premiership rivals.

Thursday's meeting of the Premier League chairmen assured Dons owner Sam Hammam that they will not oppose his audacious scheme to move the entire Crazy Gang to Ireland.

Now Wimbledon are ready to seek FA support in the next phase of the campaign to get their relocation plans sanctioned by FIFA.

Hammam sprung his Dublin surprise at the quarterly meeting of the Premier League's chairmen in London.

Wimbledon had originally requested time to discuss the size of lettering on players' shirts. But that was only a cover for the real purpose of their mission, to sound out the mood of their rivals to the prospect of playing in Ireland.

A Premier League spokesman said: "Sam Hammam put Wimbledon's case and the chairmen agreed in principle that they should be free to pursue their desire to move to Dublin.

"They had no objections to the plan as long as no precedent was being set."

Hammam's convinced that a move to Dublin is the solution to the club's financial problems and is already compiling a study into the cost of building a brand new stadium in Ireland with a minimum 30,000 capacity.

And I understand Sky TV would be willing to bankroll the cost of flying the Dons' opponents to Ireland for the first season.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Irwin, Mark
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 1997
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