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UCD Set To Feature In The Europa League

UCD will feature in this summer’s Europa League qualifying phase, subject to licensing, after Ireland, England and the Netherlands were awarded an extra place for topping the Fair Play rankings.

Following on from initial reports in January that Ireland were top of the Fair Play rankings, we have since moved down to third but it sill means the Students will now have a taste of European football this season.

Dundalk and Cork City topped the Respect Fair Play table, but as both the Lilywhites and the Leesiders are already competing in Europe, the third-placed side, UCD, are now Ireland’s fifth representative on the continent this summer, along with St. Pat’s and Shamrock Rovers.

This is likely to be the last time this sort of scenario will come about for a League of Ireland side however, with changes to UEFA Fair Play regulations meaning that from 2015/16 onwards the highest ranking associations ‘will be awarded prize money’ instead of places in the Europa League.

These monies must then be donated to amateur or professional clubs of the governing association’s choice, ‘for fair play or respect-themed projects,’ according to UEFA’s official website.

Congratulations UCD!!

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.