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Redknapp backs Cardiff for Europe...

...if they beat us of course!

Harry Redknapp has told The News that he would fully support Cardiff's bid to get into the uefa cup next season should they beat us in the FA cup final: 'If Cardiff beat us, I will support them 100 million per cent in their bid for European football.

'I'd be first in the queue. If they win the FA Cup, they should be in Europe - what's wrong with that?

'Cardiff have been in the English League for 80-odd years. If they beat us, I will shake Dave Jones' hand and wish them the very best - they would have deserved the prize of European football and the very best to them.

'Why it's a question in the first place beats me. What is the point of them entering in the first place, then?'

Technically, as Cardiff are part of the Football Association of Wales with the way rules currently stand they would not be able to represent the English Football Association in the uefa cup next season - so the early thoughts were we were quids in either way... Since then Michel Platini has sided with Cardiff and plans to give them a helping hand 'should' they beat us.

I know 'rules are rules' but these are always bent to suit others, so when all is said an done Redknapp is right really if they win let them in as teams like Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham have been playing in the English league for donkies years, so why not give then the place 'if' they beat us?

At the end of the day we can eliminate any 'contentious decisions' by simply finishing the job we have started and win the FA cup as we plan - as often said I am not expecting this as a given but will we ever get a better chance...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 15 2008

Time: 5:52PM

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i have 2...complications...about this. firstly, why dont they just play under the english football association? it would make things much easier (and before anyone goes on about wales being a seperate country...it isnt, its part of the UK, like us.), and secondly, this only furthers the ea that harry doesnt care at all about the uefa cup - and so there is almost no chance of us doing well in it. other than that, sure they can enter
pompeycarpet
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15/04/2008 18:46:00

oh yes, and what would happen if we won it - and finished 5th? would they get into europe anyway?
pompeycarpet
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15/04/2008 18:46:00

Problem is Cardiff knew the rules when they entered. Now they have a chance of winning they want the rules changed?? Sorry I think if they win UEFA should give them a wild card and not effect the English entry.
eastneydave
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15/04/2008 19:04:00

I agree with Dave, this is about consistency. What if they'd changed the rules and allowed Defoe to play in the cup for us this year? Would that have been acceptable? Of course not, because those decisions should be taken before a competition starts, during the close season. Likewise, if they want to change the rules for UEFA cup admissability, they should be forced to wait until the close season to do so, and not backdate a decision to get what "feels" like a morally preferable one. Not just backdated, but hypothetical too, since Cardiff haven't won anything yet either. They should stick by the rules, see what happens and if it doesn't feel like justice has been done, give Cardiff an additional place.
PhilTaglia
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15/04/2008 19:51:00

I can see both sides. Whilst I agree that the rules shouldn't be changed, I also think that if Cardiff do beat us on the day and lift the cup (jeez how awful would that be!) then they would deserve the UEFA cup spot. I want us to qualify, but on merit, not charity.
tracyc
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15/04/2008 20:04:00

Look we won't lose, end of subject. Sod the welsh & their usual anti-english agenda, when it suits. They are Cardiff & Welsh. We are Pompey & English. Platini is French. That's why he takes Cardiff view. If we win the cup & finish 5th then the 6th placed team qualify. I am about to embark on a few days family holiday. all of it in Wales, including a few days in Cardiff. All booked a while ago. I shall not share my opinions whilst in their country & trust whlist in Cardiff they don't notice my PFC car number plate!
storagematt
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15/04/2008 22:13:00

Carpet's point is valid and supports what I have been saying. Harry doesn't care about Europe so , as is likely, we qualify for UEFA is he going to make any effort to do well in Europe? It also adds weight to Harry's comments about retiring and debunks any idea that getting to Europe will make him want to continue instead of retiring.
frattonaussie
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15/04/2008 22:31:00

sorry FA i dont care what 'arry or anyone else says 'arry does care about getting into europe - if he doent now he will 'when' we make it - its not something he is used to so why should he give it much thought? he may well leave in the summer - ive been open that i feel he might - but if not he'll maybe moan about the uefa cup but he, and we will love it!
pompeyrug
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15/04/2008 22:50:00

if we finish 5th and win the cup then it would go to the runners up of the cup, because the fa cup has always had one spot go towards the uefa, and if both of the finalists already have a european place then it goes to the next in the league. doesnt happen with the league cup. i know this is the case because milwall, west ham and scummers have all qualified recently due to this rule. but if the rules dont get changed about cardiff, then it would go to the next in the league
jbaker
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15/04/2008 23:13:00

Hey storagematt, I'll bring over my car from OZ with the POMPEY number plate and we can both drive around Cardiff after the Cup !!
pompeygray
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16/04/2008 01:40:00

Cardiff should not qualify for Europe and the FA should not back down "Ww are not in the business of changing rules for individuals or clubs" are the exact words they used in the Havant & waterlooville debacle for the Liverpool match... As a matter of fact I actually think the FA should fight UEFA if they give CArdiff a wild card.. Rules s rules and all that .. Problem is though fellas they are a bunch of spineless *****ers who make the rules up as they go along...
Chix
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17/04/2008 07:51:00

 

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