Settling the score in Wales

A football world test case is set to start in the High Court on 13 March. A trio of Welsh football clubs will mount a challenge to a ruling by the Football Association of Wales which effectively "exiled" them for playing in England. Newport, Caernarvon Town and Colwyn Bay football clubs went to court last year seeking an interim court order over-ruling an association ban which had forced them to play "home" games on English grounds. After Mr Justice Jacob said he would grant such an order, however, the Welsh association consented to the clubs returning. In March they will go back to the Chancery Division for a legal match with the football association. The association believes if the decision goes against it it could lead to an erosion of the its independent status.