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WELSH soccer chiefs today meet Sam Hammam face to face to urge him not to pull Cardiff City out of the FAW Premier Cup.
And they might even dangle the carrot of trying to get European representation from the competition in a bid to persuade him to keep the Bluebirds in.
Hammam has told the FA of Wales he doesn't want to play in the competition this year, preferring to throw everything at Cardiff's bid to reach the Premiership.
But such a move could spell an end of the competition which has helped bring Welsh football back together again after the damaging split of the early 1990s when the League of Wales was set up.
Having pushed the Wales ticket so hard during his time as Cardiff chief, an end to the competition would be the last thing Hammam wants.
Welsh soccer chiefs are likely to emphasise to Hammam that his club are under contract to the competition for another 12 months and that Cardiff must at least honour that agreement.
But the issue of getting our Big Three of Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham back into Europe might be used as a further carrot.
Wrexham recently presented the FAW with a 3,000 name petition from their fans asking for the club to be permitted to qualify for Europe again.
The FAW may decide a fresh appeal to UEFA for the Big Three, with qualification coming from the Premier Cup.

by Paul Abbandonato, The Western Mail

30 June 2021