WELSH football clubs will hear this weekend whether the High Court will overturn the decision to end the Cymru Premier League season early – potentially handing the league title and Champions League place to TNS.

In a remote High Court hearing in front of Justice Marcus Smith on Wednesday, a legal team led by Hugh Sims QC on behalf of The New Saints owner Mike Harris, argued that the FAW did not pursue an end to the season on ‘sporting merit’.

Mr Justice Smith was also informed that his decision would need to be delivered before Monday as the FAW and CPL would need to send their nominations for the Champions League – which as it stands would be Connah’s Quay Nomads, who were crowned champions last month.

Mr Sims argued that the FAW were wrong to curtail the season after its suspension from the Covid-19 lockdown, and should have tried to find a way of settling the current season.

He said: “It was wrong to adopt a uniform decision on all leagues and not to apply UEFA guidelines and were swayed by references to other leagues across Europe.

“They are wrong and continue to be wrong on a restriction to an alternative format and there was no defensible logic to a mathematical approach to pick a champion.”

Mr Sims said it was "perverse" that the FAW rejected alternative formats, including a play-off between TNS and Nomads, and a six-team play off between teams in the top half of the division.

Mr Sims added: “It’s not ‘rocket science’, or they could also just play out the remainder of the season and highlight the PL’s current format in England.

“This wouldn’t have been a problem if FAW had not been hindered by their own mistake in the first place.

Mr Sims also raised a league rule – that the records of teams who cannot complete the season should be expunged.

He argued on behalf of TNS that as the second phase of the CPL season was not completed because of the Covid-19 cancellation and consequential cancellation, and therefore the records should be expunged.

In response, Kate Gallafent QC, representing FAW, said TNS’s view of the situation was ‘too narrow’, and confirmed that the FAW told UEFA by May 25 that it terminated the season because of the costs to clubs to carry on around Covid-19.

She said: “The financial impact cannot be overstated.

“Clubs said that playing behind closed doors would have made life very hard – they needed gate receipts to cover their outlay.

“This is where they cannot compare to English leagues. Lockdown measures go hand-in-hand with suspension of the league.

“To say that training ground and or stadium is safe is totally inconsistent with Welsh government guidelines.”

Ms Gallafent also said that the issue around professionals and amateurs cannot be solved until the Welsh Government say whether the latter can return to training, after Mr Sims suggested that professionals are being denied the right to train and work.