Arsenal cup shock could be welcome surprise for Falkirk

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One of the biggest upsets of the season took place this week - and Bradford’s win could fall in Falkirk’s favour.

The Yorkshire club are set for a windfall after dumping Arsene Wenger’s side out of the Capital One Cup, and that could ease financial purse-strings with a decision on the money owed to Falkirk still outstanding.

Both the Bairns and the Bantams are awaiting FIFA to declare on the outstanding compensation over Mark Stewart’s move to Valley Parade.

Bradford have contested Falkirk’s right to claim a training fee for the striker, who has since left the English outfit to join SPL bottom-club Dundee and they refused to pay the Bairns a settlement more than a year ago and passed the matter to the football authorities.

Falkirk believe they could be due as much as £235,000 and FIFA has yet to rule, or decide on a fee, if one applies at all.

If the governing bodies’ decision was to side with Falkirk it could by enough to replace the Bairns need to sell a player in January and fund the club’s second half of the season.

The departures of Tom O’Neill and Andy Haworth late last month do not alter the need for a sale.