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FAW SHUTS BACK DOOR ON HAMMAM

Hammam's latest bid to enter a Cardiff side in the Welsh Premier has been rejected by the FAW.

SAM HAMMAM claims he has been rebuffed by the FA of Wales in a fresh bid to get Cardiff City into the UEFA Champions League.
The Bluebirds chief wants the Welsh 'big three' to be given a shot at the Champions League by competing in the Welsh Premier as well as the Nationwide League.
He proposed that Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham be permitted to play teams in the Welsh Premier - which has a Champions League avenue for the title winners.
But Hammam says the FAW have rejected a new move that would have opened the way for the Nationwide trio to take part in European football's premier club competition.
It is a move he first proposed after he took over at Cardiff in 2000 when he explored the possibility of the Bluebirds merging with Cwmbran Town.
The FAW discussed the idea at the time, but in the end the move was rejected because League of Wales rules say reserve teams are not permitted in the competition.
Hammam, who argues he has a Cardiff first-team squad, said a fresh bid to take Cardiff into the Welsh Premier had been rejected by the FAW on Wednesday.
"We feel the six Welsh clubs who compete in the English pyramid should be given the opportunity to participate in the League of Wales," said Hammam.
"The FAW have turned us down and it is a shame that they are not willing to vigorously support the idea."
When Hammam first proposed Cardiff's entry into the domestic league three years ago, it sparked a backlash from smaller clubs complaining the Bluebirds were trying to sneak into Europe via the back door.
But Hammam insists "this is something that would be good for the whole of Welsh football, not just Cardiff City.
If you allow Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham to compete in the League of Wales you are going to raise the whole standard."

22 April 2021
 
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