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City reward for English fair play

Published: Tuesday 3 June 2003, 0.05CET
Manchester City FC have won a place in the UEFA Cup after England topped the UEFA Fair Play rankings.
 
 
Published: Tuesday 3 June 2003, 0.05CET

City reward for English fair play

Manchester City FC have won a place in the UEFA Cup after England topped the UEFA Fair Play rankings.

Premiership club Manchester City FC have won a place in next season's UEFA Cup after England topped the UEFA Fair Play rankings for 2002/03.

FA entrants
City, who have not played in Europe since 1979, were put forward by the Football Association (FA) as its candidates for the UEFA Fair Play scheme last month. Kevin Keegan's team finished fifth in the FA's rankings behind Manchester United FC, Newcastle United FC, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC, but all four had already qualified for either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup.

Two more places
England led the UEFA rankings with 8.202 points but the nine other associations finishing with a coefficient above eight points will get another chance to win one of two more Fair Play places in a special draw. They were Sweden, Finland, France, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and Republic of Ireland.

Friday draw
So far, the following clubs have been confirmed as the Fair Play representatives of these associations: FF Jaro (Finland), FC Shinnik Yaroslav (Russia), FC Aarau (Switzerland), Viking FK (Norway) and Cork City FC (Republic of Ireland). The draw will be made before the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier between Switzerland and Russia in Fribourg on Friday 6 June.

Year-long process
To qualify for the Fair Play rankings in the first place, an association must have been involved in at least 27 national team and European club matches. UEFA has been assessing each member association's ranking, based on the fair play performances of their international and club teams, since 28 May last year up to 31 May 2003.

How it works
UEFA identifies six criteria for the evaluation of the fair play score - red and yellow cards, positive play, respect of the opponent, respect of the referee, behaviour of team officials, and behaviour of the crowd. A system of points is then given for each of these, and an association coefficient is calculated on the basis of the number of matches played by teams from the association.

Domestic winners
While UEFA runs its own table, each association has its own Fair Play table for its respective clubs. The three successful nations are then invited to give their extra UEFA Cup place to the highest-placed team in their domestic Fair Play rankings who have not already qualified for European competition in 2003/04.

Last year's trio
The 2002/03 UEFA Cup saw extra places given to teams from Norway, England and the Czech Republic. Norway topped the Fair Play table meaning SK Brann were granted an automatic place, while Ipswich Town FC and Sigma SK Olomouc profited from the draw. As in Ipswich's case, it is possible for a team to be relegated from their top flight and still take their place in the UEFA Cup.  

2002/03 UEFA Fair Play
Final ranking, from 28/05/2002 to 31/05/2003
Rank Assoc. Av. Mark Matches
1 ENG 8.202 134
2 SWE 8.187 52
3 FIN 8.167 45
4 FRA 8.135 103
5 DEN 8.131 58
6 RUS 8.105 71
7 POL 8.102 64
8 SUI 8.083 70
9 NOR 8.057 53
10 IRL 8.006 42
11 BEL 7.982 89
12 GER 7.976 102
13 CZE 7.939 87
14 ISL 7.938 32
15 EST 7.937 35
16 SVK 7.930 50
17 ESP 7.922 156
18 ARM 7.921 32
19 MOL 7.919 41
20 AUT 7.875 56
21 BLS 7.852 46
22 ITA 7.840 144
23 GEO 7.840 38
24 HOL 7.827 83
25 UKR 7.819 62
26 SCO 7.800 55
27 GRE 7.776 71
28 CRO 7.770 58
29 ISR 7.764 63
30 LIT 7.753 38
31 WAL 7.741 31
32 POR 7.731 76
33 LAT 7.731 40
34 ROM 7.727 43
35 NIR 7.716 39
36 CYP 7.706 48
37 SLO 7.695 45
38 MLT 7.680 31
39 HUN 7.674 55
40 AZE 7.660 33
41 BHZ 7.604 47
42 TUR 7.572 51
43 ALB 7.516 32
44 RSM 7.484 57
45 MKD 7.378 33
46 BUL 7.351 44
47 KZK 8.170 9
48 AND 7.760 23
49 FAR 7.684 23
50 LUX 7.661 25
51 SMR 7.600 21
52 LIE 7.377 12

Last updated: 03/06/03 10.42CET

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