Clubs receive Europa League boost

Clubs from Norway, England and Sweden have each been allocated an extra position in next season’s Europa League.Norway topped UEFA’s Respect Fair Play rankings, while England and Sweden are second and third on that table and will each be rewarded for the conduct of their teams.

The rankings are based upon games played by a country’s club and national teams in UEFA competitions between May 1 2010 and April 30 2011.

Norway’s Aalesund and Sweden’s Hacken have already been awarded their place in the competition, while Fulham is in the box seat to grab England’s spot.

The Cottagers currently sit in second place on the Premier League fair play table behind Chelsea, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side has already qualified for the Champions League.

Tottenham and Blackpool hold down third and fourth place on the fair play table and are still in contention for a place.

However, Tottenham may land a Europa League position through finishing fifth on the Premier League table, which could leave Blackpool as the side in Europe, even if they were to be relegated.