Cardiff approved for UEFA Cup

The Football Association have approved Welsh Championship side Cardiff City to represent England in the UEFA Cup next season should they win the FA Cup (or lose it, assuming Portsmouth finish sixth or worse in the league).

Furthermore, the FA have announced that the Welsh national anthem, Land of My Fathers (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau), will be played prior to the match.

What absolute tosh.

It’s the ENGLISH FA Cup final, not the WELSH. Play only the English anthem and let only English clubs in. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Cardiff KNEW this situation might arise when they chose to stay within the English league system with regards to European qualification, and should suck it up and accept it.

As for the anthem, even a supporters’ club has voiced its opinion that the Welsh antehm should not be played. It’s ridiculous to hear an anthem of a different country at a cup final for England. Next thing you know they’ll be saying play the anthems of the countries of all the players taking part in the final.

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7 Responses

  1. Well God Save the Queen is actually the UK anthem, we should have another song just for England, Jerusalem is a popular choice.

  2. Duly noted about the anthem, you’re right. I have heard suggestions that Jerusalem should be played but I just don’t see why they can’t just play God Save the Queen and that’s it.

  3. absolute tosh (accept the bit about the anthem)

  4. Clearly meant except not accept and what a change of the sentence that makes, my bad. Shouldn’t have the Welsh Anthem makes zero sense.

  5. I take your point. I can understand where the Cardiff fans would be coming from but I really cannot see how this is fair given they knew this situation could arise (of course, Cardiff would similarly argue it would be unfair to deny them entry just because they’re not an FA member).

  6. As trivial as it may sound i don’t think that anyone connected with Cardiff expected Europe to be on the agenda until at least 3 – 4 years time when they enter the premiership and that’s because they were in a league with avenues to qualify for it not because they are in contention.

    So it’s not as though they are one of the big boys who entered the competition on a lark knocked out all the others and want their prize when they were told before hand they couldn’t have it. They are simply a team who fell into a scenario years before they anticipated.

    Personally I wish Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham would leave the Welsh FA and join the English FA all this would go away far quicker, the teams not Welsh, it’s multinational, as is the training staff, boardroom and investors. I love Cardiff City but I think people on both sides of this argument need to wake up a bit

    (Oh yeah, although my name is Welshie, ironically I’m not overly patriotic and consider myself British not Welsh)

  7. Well, all teams are multinational nowadays aren’t they really.

    As for Wrexham, they’ve gone down this year (unfortunately) so I don’t see what changing affiliations could do for them, or for other Welsh-based English-non-league teams (Merthyr Tydfil, for example).

    Cardiff and Swansea switching from the FAW would indeed make things easier, but I’m not convinced the FA’s members would be that willing to accept them as full English clubs.

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