3-0 is the standard walkover result – when Scotland ‘beat’ Estonia when Estonia didn’t turn up. If UEFA upheld Wales’ complaint, UEFA would scratch that game and the record would say it never got played, Russia didn’t show and Wales were awarded the points.

A side-benefit of the case shows that comments about Rio Ferdinand playing against Turkey take on a new light – Turkey would presumably have complained had he played, so the argument that this was reason enough to exclude him seems to have gained weight in my book.