Coming home from the Chelsea game it was mentioned on Radio Merseyside that if Portsmouth finish 5th and win the FA Cup then Cardiff would enter the Uefa Cup!!! This left me outraged. Why should the FA be allowed to change their rules midway through a tournament just to suit one set of supporters? Never mind the Everton and Villa supporters who are going to lose out by this. All of a sudden Cardiff have gone from having no place in Europe to having a guaranteed wild card - and not the one offered by Platini either!
Yet according to the BBC sport website on their page of rules this would not be the case, if Pompey finish 5th and win the FA cup then the 6th place team would enter the Uefa Cup place. This is far more encouraging because IF (and its a big if at the moment) we somehow beat Villa then they cannot get more points than us before the end of the season. a further point from the next 2 games (and by that I mean vs Newcastle) would see us guaranteed 6th. And should Pompey finish 5th and win the FA Cup another European season to look forward to.
But forget about all of the confusion of what Cardiffs position on European qualification will do to us and do not blame all the referees who have not only cost us a CL qualification spot but possibly a Uefa Cup spot as well - WE HAVE A SAFETY NET! As it stands Everton are 4th in the EPL fair play league behind Spurs, Man U and the RS. England are also currently 2nd in the overall Uefa fair play standings where the top 2 nations as of 30/04/2008 will gain an extra Uefa Cup place to the team top of that country's individual fair play league.
So in other words if we were to lose against Villa, by the time we play Arsenal we would know if England did gain an extra Uefa Cup spot, then the mentality against Arsenal and Newcastle should be "Do not foul at any cost - confirm our position at the top of Englands fair play league and get into Europe!" Easy.
For once, let's make sure the FA and UEFA's stupid rules actually work for us once and not as it always seems against us.
Jack Calvert, Posted 20/04/2008 at 13:07:37
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1 Posted 20/04/2008 at 15:10:15
2 Posted 20/04/2008 at 15:38:30
3 Posted 20/04/2008 at 15:51:39
The rules are the same as they were at the start of the season - win as many games as you can by as many goals as you can, whoever does the most gets to be the winner.
4 Posted 20/04/2008 at 17:05:26
Just think though the shocking desicions (RS Blackburn and West Ham) won?t have just cost us a CL place but possibly a Uefa Cup place as well by the end of the season - maybe the ridiculous amount of injustice we have suffered has affected the players too...
5 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:09:36
The fair play league takes into account other things such as respect to officials / opponents etc as well.
In that league we are 4th, but the 3 teams ahead of us are all qualified for europe already (Man Utd, Spurs and Liverpool). 5th are Arsenal and 6th are Man City.
6 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:48:58
What about those games were Arteta took a dive on the edge of the area and converted a lovely freekick for a 1-0 win, were the opposing manager had every right to feel mugged. All this dodgy refereeing swings both ways. The refs are crap and everyone is getting ripped off. Its a level playing field. We have to take our chances when they’re offered, just like everyone else.
But Clattenburg IS a tosser though.
7 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:33:44
8 Posted 20/04/2008 at 21:55:18
Have a look here www.rightresult.net.
Eddie how dare you say one of our players dives.
He just falls over a easily. you are right about his dead ball kicks this season though abysmal.
9 Posted 20/04/2008 at 22:32:48
Also, the bad news is the European fair play table. Only the top country (Norway I think) gets a guaranteed place, then all the others with over 8 ’points’ in their system are put in a lucky dip. This currently gives us a one in seven chance. Not much a safety net. So when you watch Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United in the Champions League, just hope that a spirit of fair play rules and none their players gets booked!
10 Posted 21/04/2008 at 00:04:38
Its usually a handy enough two-legged game these days isn't it?
11 Posted 21/04/2008 at 09:30:25
12 Posted 21/04/2008 at 09:42:06
13 Posted 21/04/2008 at 09:37:22