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Europe awaits as England wins fair play spot

Filed: Friday, 8th May 2015
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's chances of qualifying for Europe dramatically increased today when it was confirmed that the Premier League has been granted one of three available fair play places in next season's Europa Cup.

KUMB revealed earlier this week that West Ham were in the hunt for a Europa Cup qualifying round spot as a result of being second to Liverpool in England's fair play table (Liverpool are unlikely to require the wild card as they will almost certainly qualify for the competition via their league position).

And despite unfounded rumours to the contrary elsewhere, UEFA confirmed earlier today that England - along with winners Netherlands and third-placed Republic of Ireland - would be granted one extra spot in the competition next season.

"Winners the Netherlands, second-placed England and third-placed Republic of Ireland will each be granted one additional slot in the first qualifying round of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League," read a statement on UEFA.com.

"The three associations that are allocated an additional UEFA Europa League place will be entitled to enter the club that has won their domestic top-division fair play competition.

"If this club has already qualified for a UEFA competition, the second-placed team in the domestic fair play competition may be entered and, should they also have already qualified, the third-placed side would be considered and so forth."

West Ham will now battle it our with Everton and Burnley for England's fair play spot. The Hammers meet Everton at the Boleyn Ground on 16 May in their penultimate league fixture of the season.

The current Premier League fair play table

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