City to pull out of FAW Premier Cup?

Last updated : 21 June 2003 By Michael Morris
Todays Western Mail reveal that Cardiff City have written a letter which says Cardiff City may pull out of the FAW Premier Cup. Sam Hammam says that as Cardiff cannot commit a first team for the competition it may be better if City pull out.

This has led to fears that it could spell the end of the competition.

FAW secreatry David Collins confirmed Hammam's request but responded by saying that Cardiff City had a contractual obligation to compete in the competition in the 2003 / 2004 season.

"I would like to think Mr Hammam accepts that. But we will just have to wait and see what he does," said Collins.

The BBC sponsored competition comes with a winners cheque of £100,000 but not a place in Europe.

The European issue is also talked about today. It's suggested by the Western Mail that the three Welsh clubs, Cardiff, Wrexham and Swansea do not believe that it's Uefa, as the FAW claim, that is blocking entry into Europe for the Nationwide teams. The clubs believe if they were allowed to compete in the Welsh Cup (not the FAW Premier Cup) and won it that Uefa would find it very difficult to stop them from enetering the Uefa Cup.