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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Come on Wales!

The attempt by Wales to get Russia disqualified from the 2004 European Championship was a jolly good try but unfortunately doomed to failure. I was at the last leg of the play-off in the Millennium Stadium and it cannot be disputed that Russia were the worthy winners of that game. However, the news that they had allegedly cheated because one of their players tested positively for bromantan put it into a different context. It was worth a try seeking to get UEFA to overturn the result but I suspect that the psychological hurdle of disqualifying a major footballing power in favour of an up-and-coming minnow was just too great to overcome. Wales have an opportunity to appeal again. Let us hope that they are more successful.

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