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Euro route blocked for Welsh clubs
UEFA have rejected a bid to allow Welsh 'exile' clubs such as Swansea and Cardiff the chance to qualify for Europe via 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 FA Cup but the request was turned down at a meeting of the governing body's executive committee in Istanbul.
FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford told Press Association Sport he was "bitterly disappointed" by the decision.
The FAW released a statement which read: "The Football Association of Wales accepts the decision made by UEFA's executive committee rejecting a proposal that the Welsh football clubs playing in the English pyramid system would be allowed a route into European football by winning the Welsh Cup.
"The possible presence in the competition of the likes of Cardiff City, Swansea City and the other Welsh clubs who play their football in England would have enhanced the profile and status of the competition.
"However, the Football Association of Wales will continue its efforts to build on the history and tradition that the competition has within Welsh sport."
UEFA also announced that a possible legal loophole in their financial fair play (FFP) rules has been closed after signing a joint agreement with the European Commission that the regulations are fully compliant with European law.
The FFP rules state clubs in Europe can only spend what they earn but it had been suggested that overspending clubs could challenge that in the European courts.
UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino said: "Let us be clear this is not a new law. But it re-affirms what we have always said that the FFP rules are legal and in accordance with European legislation."
UEFA also agreed to consider a new bid by Gibraltar to become a member and take part in European competition - something that has been fiercely opposed by Spain. The British colony, which has a population of 28,000, wants to become UEFA's 54th member and their bid will be decided at next year's UEFA Congress in London.