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Daily WHUFC News - 8th May 2015

West Ham on course for Europa League after England receives fair play place
. England and Republic of Ireland both awarded fair play spots
. West Ham second in Premier League's fair play table behind Liverpool
Guardian sport
Friday 8 May 2015 11.36 BST Last modified on Friday 8 May 2015 11.39 BST

West Ham are on course for a place in next season's Europa League after
England was granted an additional fair play place for coming second in
Uefa's rankings. Uefa has announced that the Netherlands, England and
Republic of Ireland will all get an extra place in the first qualifying
round of the continent's second-tier club competition after topping its fair
play standings.

Liverpool currently top the Premier League's fair play league but with the
Reds currently in fifth place and expected to qualify for Europe via their
league position, West Ham are the likely beneficiaries. Asked before the
announcement about the Europa League, the West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce
said: "There's no doubt in my mind you have to enjoy the moments in Europe,
it's a fantastic experience for everybody."

West Ham have a current fair play score of 281.25 - calculated by taking
into account red and yellow cards as well as other criteria such as respect
towards opponents, officials and the behaviour of their own staff - while
Everton are in third place with 278.25.

With West Ham currently in ninth place in the Premier League and Everton
11th, neither can qualify automatically for the Europa League, even though
the seventh-placed team will do, should Aston Villa triumph in the FA Cup
final against Arsenal.

Manchester City are fourth in the fair play league while Burnley are fifth
and it is not inconceivable that the Clarets find themselves in next
season's Europa League, should West Ham and Everton endure disciplinary
problems between now and the end of the season.

A Uefa statement read: "It is even possible for a team that has been
relegated to the second highest division to qualify for the Uefa Europa
League as a result of its exemplary conduct during the domestic

England get extra Europa spot
West Ham and Everton are locked in a Fair Play battle for a newly-awarded
extra place in next season's Europa League.
Last Updated: 08/05/15 at 11:44 Post Comment

England finished second behind the Netherlands in UEFA's Respect Fair Play
ranking, which is based on all matches played at both club and national team
level - resulting in an extra entry in the first qualifying round for
Europe's secondary club tournament. UEFA said in a statement: "Winners
Netherlands, second-placed England and third-placed Republic of Ireland will
each be granted one additional slot to the first qualifying round of the
2015-16 UEFA Europa League. "The fair play assessments are made by the
official UEFA delegates on criteria such as positive play, respect of the
opponent, respect of the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of the team
officials, as well as cautions and dismissals."

Liverpool currently lead the Premier League Fair Play table but, because
they are set to qualify for European competition anyway, the race for second
place in the Fair Play table becomes crucial.

West Ham, who at one stage looked set to challenge for the European places
in the Premier League, currently lead third-placed Everton by 281.25 points
to 278.75 with both sides having four games still to play. The sides meet on
May 16 at Upton Park in a match that could prove decisive. Everton will have
to be disciplined when they play host to struggling Sunderland at Goodison
Park on Saturday. The Black Cats are currently rock-bottom of the Fair Play
League on 241.75 points. Still in with an outside chance of earning a
European adventure are Burnley on 278 points, and they may be the first side
to find themselves playing Europa League and Championship football
simultaneously since Wigan did so in the 2013-2014 season.


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