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Byline: Terry Phillips Chief Sports Writer

CARDIFF CITY are in worldwide demand after their FA Cup exploits.

The Bluebirds have registered on a global scale after sweeping into the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

Joe Ledley's cracking winner against Barnsley has sparked massive interest.

City are already planning a pre-season tour to Saudi Arabia in July and, with interest coming from elsewhere, boss Dave Jones said: "People everywhere want to be associated with the FA Cup finalists.

"We have already had many invitations to play abroad - and were even invited to open a new league.

"If we can emulate what the Cardiff City team of 1927 achieved and win the FA Cup, it will shoot this football club onto a whole new level." Cardiff have been allocated 25,000 tickets for Wembley - 8,000 less than they had for the semi-final.

Club officials are to meet on Monday to discuss how they will be sold. It is certain there will scarcely be any complimentary tickets on a day when neither club receives anything from the gate receipts.

The Bluebirds currently have around 10,000 season ticket holders which is close to the club record.

That is certain to go because those buying season tickets for 2008-09are still guaranteed an FA Cup final ticket at Wembley.

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has been suffering from a throat infection, but is among the substitutes for today's Championship clash with Blackpool.

Glenn Loovens was this morning rated highly doubtful with captain Darren Purse playing, while Kevin McNaughton is fit and plays at right-back.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2008
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