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When it comes to opportunities in football, playing at Wembley is one many would be crazy to turn down.

The ‘Home of Football’ may not be as mesmeric as it once was, with the twin towers gone and the atmosphere absent, as if demolished by the modified Liebherr 974 that got to work on turning concrete that had such history running through it into a pile of rubble.

But Wembley, the new Wembley with the arch and the numerous corporate boxes, remains one of the stadiums at which every footballer wishes to play.

However, Sean Rigg of Newport County has decided to snub his chance of walking out on that hallowed turf just days before the opportunity arose.

Rigg was set to feature in Newport’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Tottenham, which will be played at Wembley as construction work continues on Spurs’ new stadium.

But he will not be featuring in that game – nor in professional football for any time soon.

This is because Rigg has QUIT the professional game to follow his dream of becoming a tattoo artist.

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The 29-year-old left Newport on Monday and joined part-timers Bath in the National League South, as he will have more time to focus upon his first-choice career.

Rigg’s manager at Newport, Michael Flynn, was quoted in The Sun: “I told Sean that I wanted him to stay.

“He made his decision a while back that he wanted to go part time and pursue a career in being a tattoo artist.

“I tried to change his mind but he’s a clever lad and just fell out of love with the game.

“Look, he was magnificent for me. Never caused me any problems and like I said, I wanted to keep him.

“He made his mind up and everything was done very amicably.”


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