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Uefa and a Big Can of Worms

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As I?m sure you are all aware, Uefa have recently admitted that if Cardiff were to beat Pompey in the FA Cup final, they would consider giving them a ?Wild Card? to compete in the Uefa Cup. To some this may seem as the right thing to do, but I can see things getting very messy! A few points...

Why do Uefa feel the need to do this? Cardiff knew full well that when they decided to compete in the English FA Cup (I think it was during the 80s, correct me if I?m wrong) then they waived their right to compete in Europe if they were to win it.

If they do win the FA Cup and are offer a Wild Card, will this be an ADDITIONAL place to an ?English? team or not? ie if Cardiff win the FA Cup and Pompey finish 6th below us, will Pompey still get into Uefa Cup as FA Cup runner-up?

If Cardiff win the FA Cup and Pompey finish 5th and us in 6th, will we be offered a Uefa Cup spot?

If Cardiff lose to Pompey, but Pompey finish 5th above us and qualify for the Uefa Cup through their league position, will Cardiff still be offered a Wild Card, and how will that effect us?

These are very important questions in my view that need resolving NOW, not after the FA Cup Final !

Of course we could finish 4th and Liverpool fail to win the Champs League and all this would be of no relevance to us but I can't really see that happening I'm afraid.
Lee Smith, Gt Yarmouth     Posted 09/04/2008 at 10:06:06

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Michael Kenrick
Okay... let's have yet another thread wringing hands and fretting over the possibilities. Que sera, sera...
Alex May
1   Posted 09/04/2008 at 16:57:44

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A ’wild card’ entry would obviously be an additional place. However, be wary of having a bald Italian referee brought out of retirement (again) so that he can see non-existent fouls by Everton players in our first fixture!
Kevin West
2   Posted 09/04/2008 at 17:03:11

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Let’s win our next five matches. That’s the only thing in our control.
Oliver McAdam
3   Posted 09/04/2008 at 17:24:01

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Ok, for us maybe it would be better if Cardiff aren?t allowed in Europe.

BUT,
for anyone who believes in morals of football, sportsmanship etc then if Cardiff win they should go into Europe and not a team in 6th place.

On this site people are constantly moaning how the ?sky? 4 are on recieving end of preferable treatment, in this case it will be those lucky members of the Premier League 20 that a favoured while poor old Cardiff dont qualify for what they deserve, but hey who cares there only a small team and this game is about survival of richest is it not.

All those people moaning about how the blues get screwed over time and time again, if we finish 6th we don't deserve Europe this season end of, Cardiff should go through as runners-up (which they deffo will not) or winners, if Everton don't qualify at their expense that's football, just cos we're prem we dont have a divine right to Europe. If you are against the injustices in football when it comes to the ?Sky 4? remember were not always on losing end, hence the amount of money we have compared to th lower teams.

This is one thing that annoys me, people moan about the ?Sky 4? and how sky are destroying the league/football as a whole... which they are... then go on about how Everton must qualify for Europe, sign so an so for so many of Sky's millions.

If Cardiff don't qualify its a bigger testament of Sky's monopoly and Premier League dominance than the ?Sky 4?. Albeit being supported by some ancient god awful rule from 20 years ago.
Greg Murphy
4   Posted 09/04/2008 at 17:57:41

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Can’t agree Oliver.

Why, then, weren’t Shrewsbury and Hereford, both English clubs who were permitted to enter and then won the Welsh Cup prevented from representing Wales on six separate occasions in the 70s and 80s?

There was no rolling-media era back then to present their case and it barely registered as a debate.

Now, though, in the Sky era (complete with coverage of Cardiff in the FA Cup semi and more than a few references in the commentary and post match discussions about whether they should be allowed to represent England) there’s suddenly a debate about it all.

Cardiff have been quite happy to take the better riches of the English league every year (and they’ve known for years that they couldn’t represent England) but now people feel sympathy for them.

It’s hypocrisy.

The very reason we’re even having this debate is because we’re in the Sky era.
Andy MacFarlane
5   Posted 09/04/2008 at 18:43:24

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Bloody hell Michael, I?d certainly like to know what the possibilities are. I?m not sure how much enthusiasm I could muster after our last home game against Newcastle if while the players are "doing a lap" we were singing "We?re ALL Going On A European Tour... Maybe...if Cardif win.. or lose...or...shit.. Not Sure"
Matthew Lovekin
6   Posted 09/04/2008 at 19:19:11

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The FA and UEFA are waiting unitl the end of the season to decide what to do......so they can screw Everton over...........again.
Martin Kulkarni
7   Posted 10/04/2008 at 23:38:31

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Matthew Lovekin

In a nutshell.Got in one. Succinctly put and to the point!


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