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Cardiff City Supporters Trust withdraws Malky Mackay honorary membership

Cardiff City Supporters' Trust have withdrawn the honorary membership granted to former Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay.

The membership was originally given to his Mackay for his work at Cardiff City Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"When the initial allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic emails were first revealed, the Trust board said that it would wait for the results of a Football Association inquiry, fully expecting that to be concluded within weeks" said a trust spokesperson.

"It has not."

"With still no timetable for the FA to report, we have decided to withdraw Malky Mackay’s honorary membership of the Trust with immediate effect."

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Gareth Bale: 'Long way to go' after Belgium draw

Gareth Bale said Wales "covered every blade of grass on the pitch" to hold Belgium to a goalless draw in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels.

He told Nick Hartley: "Against probably the two favourites for the group, we've taken points off them and beat the other two teams, so it's a great start - but there's a long way to go."

Full time: Belgium 0-0 Wales

Wales have held on for a goalless draw against Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels.

Chris Coleman's side produced a resilient defensive display to earn a point against a team ranked fourth in the world, and stay in a strong position in their qualifying group.

Wales are still unbeaten in Group B, on eight points after four games.

Wales battled to a draw in Brussels. Credit: PA

In the final minute of injury time, Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a point-blank save from Christian Benteke's header, and the ball was scrambled to safety.

Gareth Bale had the visitors' best chance just after half-time, with a strong run and shot that went past the post.

In the closing stages, Hal Robson-Kanu saw his shot from the edge of the area comfortably saved.

Belgium had most of the play throughout, and Nicolas Lombaerts shot against the post in the first half, but they could not break the deadlock.

Half-time: Belgium 0-0 Wales

Wales have kept the score goalless at half-time against Belgium in Brussels.

The hosts dominated large parts of the first half, and went closest after Nicolas Lombaerts' shot hit the post from a corner, and Divock Origi failed to turn in the rebound.

Wales star Gareth Bale had earlier tested Belgian 'keeper Thibaut Courtois with a swerving free-kick, but Chris Coleman's side struggled to keep hold of possession for long.

Gareth Bale has often been isolated up front for Wales Credit: PA

Preview: Wales face Belgium in toughest qualifying test

Wales are preparing for their toughest test in Euro 2016 qualifying, as they face Belgium in Brussels later this afternoon.

Chris Coleman's side are currently top of Group B after victories over Cyprus and Andorra, and a draw against Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The manager has a near full-strength squad to choose from, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey both available, as Wales aim to qualify for their first major finals since 1958.

Wales are looking to maintain their unbeaten start to Euro 2016 qualifying. Credit: PA

Belgium are ranked fourth in the world and are favourites to win the group. They have though already dropped points, and will be without influential centre back Vincent Kompany through injury.

Our Sports Reporter Nick Hartley sent this preview from Brussels:

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Full time: Braintree Town 1-0 Wrexham

Wrexham were beaten 1-0 at Braintree Town in the Conference this afternoon.

Charlie Strutton scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, and Wrexham had Blaine Hudson sent off for a second yellow card late on.

Poll shows fans' faith in Welsh team

Before the Welsh football team face what looks like the toughest match of their European qualifying campaign -Belgium away in Brussels this weekend- a poll of fans shows that most supporters believe Chris Coleman's men can finally get Wales to the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

The YouGov poll of 1,043 Welsh football fans found that 52% of them think Wales are likely to qualify this time, with 42% thinking it's unlikely. The rest don't know.

Fans were also asked who is the greatest Welsh football player of all time. The most popular choice was the star of the side that reached the 1958 World Cup quarter finals in Sweden.

  • John Charles 29%
  • Ryan Giggs 25%
  • Gareth Bale 16%
  • Ian Rush 9%
  • John Toshack 3%
  • Neville Southall 2%
  • Gary Speed 2%
  • Ivor Allchurch 2%
  • Others 3%
  • Don't know 9%

Like Gareth Bale signing with Real Madrid for £85.3 million last year, John Charles set a record transfer fee when he joined Juventus for £65,000 in 1957.

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