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 Wales football news - January 2004.
FAW UEFA appeal
The FAW has officially protested to UEFA over Egor Titov's drug test failure.

"In citing various UEFA disciplinary regulation and UEFA regulation governing doping control articles, has asked UEFA to award the match to Wales with a 3-0 result," FAW secretary general David Collins.

If the appeal is successful, Wales could take Russia's place in this summer's Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.

The FAW don’t expect any more news from UEFA today.

Monday, January 26th 2004.



Match news
The Football Association of Wales are currently in talks regarding a friendly international on the 31st March against Hungary.

It looks likely that it will be next week before a conclusion is reached.

“Negotiations with Hungary are taking longer than expected,” said an FAW spokesman.

Meanwhile ticket details have been announced for the Scotland match on Wednesday February 18th. Click here for details

Thursday, January 22nd 2004.



Thatcher for Wales
Leicester City defender Ben Thatcher may be considered for selection in Mark Hughes’ squad for the friendly international against Scotland next month. 

Under new FIFA rules the former England U-21 international is now eligible to play for Wales. This will be subject to a meeting at FIFA. 

The squad for the match will be announced on either Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd February.

Thursday, January 15th 2004.



Germany aim
On the eve of World Cup fixture meeting, Manager Mark Hughes has emphasised that his aim to lead Wales to the finals of a major tournament.

Hughes, along with the FAW, will host tomorrow's meeting at the Vale Hotel near Cardiff, with Welsh fans hoping for a favorable fixture list.

With speculation rife about his future and talk that he could succeed 
Gordon Strachan at Southampton, Hughes said: "I can't do anything about speculation about my name being linked elsewhere - it comes with the territory".

But Hughes once again has stated that his future is with Wales.

"I've still got unfinished business here with Wales. I want us to qualify for a major finals - and Germany 2006 is the aim," he added.

Monday, January 12th 2004.




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