FAW Stand by City in Youth Cup Bullying Row
Byline: Terry Phillips
CARDIFF City have been backed by the Football Association of Wales - after being accused of 'bullying' by Welsh Youth Cup opponents Flint Town United.
"The little club is being bullied by the bigger club," said Flint secretary Ian Norbury, who were unhappy their quarter-final was not played last weekend.
But that would have been only five days after Cardiff had won their twice-postponed tie against Ely Rangers.
Flint appealed to the Football Association of Wales when the tie was arranged for this Sunday, March 1, at University of Glamorgan Playing Fields, Treforest, but the FAW have ordered the tie to go ahead.
A Cardiff City source said: "Our tie against Ely Rangers was completed on Tuesday, February17, and Flint Town were informed the next day.
"We were not in a position to play the tie against Flint four days later.
We were not presumptuous enough to make prior arrangements with Flint Town United on the basis that we would progress to the next round and thus cancel our Premier Academy League game with Leicester City last Saturday."
Flint youth team manager Tim Williams said they are unable to raise a team for a match this Sunday and City offered to play the tie in midweek, but that was turned down because of travelling difficulties.
The row between Flint and City flared after the visitors revealed they had already booked a coach for last Sunday - before the date had been finalised. …