Blackpool miss out on European place

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
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BLACKPOOL will not be playing European football next season.

It had been suggested that Ian Holloway’s men would be handed a place in Europa League next season.

However, it has been revealed that Fulham will now take Pool’s place.

Mark Hughes’ side had just one player sent off in league matches all season - that happened in the very last game leading to suggestions that relegated Blackpool could pip them to the spot.

Chelsea finished top of the Fair Play League but had already qualified for the Champions League and Fulham were in second spot.

The Premier League said in a statement: “Fulham FC has finished the season as the highest placed club in the 2010/11 Fair Play League that has not already qualified for UEFA competitions via the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League.

“The club will take the additional European place awarded to England and compete in next season’s UEFA Europa League.”

England received an additional Europa League place for next season after finishing second in UEFA’s national fair-play table based on results from all UEFA club and international matches played over the season.