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Give empty Wembley seats away to schools, says Erith and Thamesmead MP

PUBLISHED: 12:29 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 17 October 2017

Wembley awaits the two teams that reach the FA Cup final

Wembley awaits the two teams that reach the FA Cup final

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Teresa Pearce has joined a cross-party group of MPs in supporting the motion

Schools should given free tickets to England matches if there are seats available, MPs have said.

Nearly 130 parliamentarians, including Erith and Thamesmead’s Teresa Pearce, have signed a letter calling on the FA to fill the national stadium’s seats with pupils.

There were 28,000 empty seats for England’s recent World Cup qualifier against Slovenia, which the letter describes as “28,000 lost opportunities to inspire England stars of the future”.

A cross-party group of 128 MPs have signed the letter, which has been sent FA chair Greg Clarke.

Mrs Pearce said: “The FA does some good work in communities across the country but there is more to be done.

“There are dozens of schools in our local area that would welcome the opportunity to send children to Wembley Stadium to see England play, and when there are so many empty seats, there is no real reason not to.”

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