No euro place via Welsh Cup for 'exile' clubs

Cardiff City and Swansea City badges
European qualification will have to be done via English competitions for Welsh clubs playing there. Photo: ITV Wales News

European football’s governing body UEFA have today rejected a bid that would allow Welsh clubs playing in English leagues the chance to qualify for European competitions through the Welsh Cup.

The Football Association of Wales had asked UEFA to change their rules and allow the exile clubs into the Europa League via the Welsh Cup if they opted out of the English FA Cup and League Cup.

Currently Swansea City and Cardiff City are two of six Welsh clubs plying their trade across the border, and with limited access to European places it had been hoped clubs would be able to compete for the places up for grabs under the Welsh FA’s structure.

However the request was turned down at a meeting of the governing body's executive committee in Istanbul.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said he was "bitterly disappointed" by the decision.