Fratton Park out of World Cup contention

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Portsmouth have pulled out of the contest to be chosen as a potential host city for the 2018 World Cup.

Around 10 cities containing between 12 and 18 stadia will be selected by England 2018 on Thursday, but Pompey's Fratton Park is no longer in contention.

Portsmouth City Council refused to provide the necessary financial guarantees, fearing it was too much of a risk.

The club had put forward a plan to redevelop Fratton Park to a 37,000-seat stadium, with additional temporary seats to bring it up to FIFA's required capacity of more than 40,000.

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