Under the current UEFA rules, if Welsh club Cardiff City were to win the FA Cup they would not be allowed to represent England in the UEFA cup, and therefore the runner-up in the competition would qualify.
Therefore whether Cardiff win or lose the FA Cup final is irrelevant in terms of UEFA Cup qualification, with Pompey having now already qualified, which could be worth up to £15 million to the club that recently announced a loss for the year of £23 million.
However, there is a concerted effort to challenge the ruling, including backing by UEFA president Michel Platini, and allow Cardiff to take their place in the UEFA Cup, again on the proviso that they actually beat Pompey in the FA Cup final. Of course if Pompey win the whole issue is entirely academic, and the chances that a non-English club reaching the FA Cup again is so remote that the rule would most likely not be changed in the future.
However, in a strange twist, Pompey may actually qualify for the UEFA Cup based on finishing 5th in the Premiership, and therefore the 6th placed Premiership finisher and not the losing FA Cup finalist, assuming that Pompey also won the FA Cup, would also qualify for next season's UEFA competition.
Ex-West Ham player and well known crafty Cockney and FA spokesperson, Sir Trevor Brooking, issued a statement that "The FA will wait and see what happens in both competitions before making any decisions," adding "What a fucking god-awful situation, let's just hope that we don't have to suffer the fucking humiliation and embarrassment of a bunch of fucking Welsh sheep-shaggers and fucking coal miners representing England in Europe next season!", then adding "That last comment was off the record!"
Too late Sir Trevor!