Uefa boss backs Cardiff's European dream

Uefa boss Michel Platini has pledged to fight Cardiff City’s corner should the Bluebirds win the FA Cup but be refused entry to the Uefa Cup.

The Football Association is currently maintaining Cardiff will not be one of England's Uefa Cup representatives even if they win the competition, as the club comes under the jurisdiction of the FA of Wales.

Under current FA regulations, Cardiff is considered a Welsh club, having full membership of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), but only recognized as associate members of the English FA.

But Platini has promised that, in his capacity as Uefa chief he would intervene to ensure fair play should City win the world famous trophy for the first time since 1927.

"If England don't do anything we will," Uefa president Platini said.
"We have to respect the result on the field. We spoke with the FAW - I think it is not normal that if they win then they're out. That's not natural and not so good."

And the Frenchman’s words will be music to the ears of the hordes of Cardiff fans, who are currently hatching travel plans for the Bluebirds FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

As many as 33,000 Cardiff City fans will make the trip, but many of those hoping to let the train take the strain on their big day next month will be disappointed.

Train transport authorities have warned there will be engineering work on the Severn Tunnel, which means buses replacing trains between Newport and Bristol Parkway on semi-final weekend (April 5/ 6).

But FSF Cymru’s “Mystic” Vince Alm’s remarkable foresight has ensured at least some of them will have no trouble finding alternative means of transport to the game.

Because Alm, of Cardiff City’s official supporters' club, booked 70 coaches and 100 London hotel rooms more than a week BEFORE Bluebirds quarter-final defeat of Middlesbrough!

“It’s all true”, said Alm, whose ability to see into the future has even been noted by The Guardian.

“I booked all the rooms and coaches the day after Boro beat Sheffield United in their replay, I always fancied us against Boro I would not have been so hasty had it been Sheff Utd though!”