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West Ham United may qualify for Europe after all


West Ham are front-runners to win England’s fair play place in the Europa League next season.

European football’s governing body UEFA has announced that Holland, England and the 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 league.

The club, which is at the top of each country’s domestic fair play league, will qualify – unless they have already done so via leagues and cups. In England, Liverpool are top but are likely to qualify via league position and West Ham are next, followed by Everton.

The Hammers play Everton on May 16, so it may a case of whichever club behaves best on the pitch gets the Europa League place.

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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, behavior of the crowd and of the team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.”


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  1. trickybrkn

    May 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

    As long as we don’t have to play Palermo in the first round, we should be ok…

  2. Dan

    May 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Can you explain this more? Is this a new thing?

    Does this mean that England gets 3 teams in Europa for league place and then a 4th based on them being the least carded

    • Andrew Puopolo

      May 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

      More or less. Fulham got into the Europa League via this route in the 2011-12 season. The teams must enter at the first qualifying round which means that they start competitive football the first week in July. It was quite funny Spurs were trying to avoid the Europa League the year before (10-11) before readlizing that if they didn’t qualify via the league they would go in via fair play which means more matches so Spurs finished 5th and went in at the playoff round.

      Anyways, European football in the last season at the Boelyn will be quite special provided West Ham make the group stage at the least

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