Cardiff given all clear to play in Europe

24 April 2008
Championship Welsh club Cardiff City have been given the greenlight to represent England in the Uefa Cup next season, should they win the FA Cup in May by beating Portsmouth. The Football Association confirmed the result on Thursday afternoon.Also the FA have ruled that the Welsh national anthem will be played prior to the game at Wembley on May 17.

Uefa had previously hinted they would offer Cardiff a wild card if they won.

William Gaillard, Uefa communications director,said: "We entirely understood the FA's reasons for their regulations and had no problems with them.

"We just believed that if Cardiff did win the cup and were not given qualification for the Uefa Cup then for sporting reasons we would look to offer them a wild card."