Fulham, following their amazing Premier League relegation escape, may cap their season off with a UEFA Cup place.
Fulham may be in for an end of season ‘surprise ticket’ into the UEFA Cup, by virtue of the UEFA Fair Play Table.
Manchester City were on target to claim the spot, but following Richard Dunne’s dismissal in their 8-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, Fulham may now have moved into pole position.
Fair Play Table
Just how the table works is a complicated procedure. All teams from a football association (in this case The English FA) are marked for their fair play ranking of that association. This includes all national teams and all clubs in all UEFA competitions. Marks are score between June 1st and May 31st of the given season.
England are currently top of this league, meaning the team with the highest tally in the English Fair Play League, that has not already qualified for a European competition will get the entry.
1 Tottenham (qualified for UEFA Cup via Carling Cup win)
2 Manchester United (qualified for Champions League)
3 Liverpool (qualified for Champions League)
4 Arsenal (qualified for Champions League)
5 Manchester City (likely to lose points for Dunne sending off)
6 Everton (qualified for UEFA Cup via 5th position in Premier League)
7 Fulham (hoping to climb above Man City)
The points are attributed based on a number of factors such as; respect towards referees/opponents, positive play and behaviour of club officials, as well as red and yellow cards. The Premier League has to wait for all delegates’ reports before the final standings can be compiled and UEFA must then run an audit. Therefore the final table is not expected to be confirmed for a few days.