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Guardian, Tuesday May 13 2008


City set to claim Uefa Cup fair play place
Dunne's red card will not have impact on English table

Manchester City are expected to go forward as England's fair-play representatives in next season's Uefa Cup despite Richard Dunne's sending-off at Middlesbrough throwing up the possibility that they might have ruined their chances. City were fifth in the table for good behaviour and if they finish in that position they will squeeze into the Uefa Cup because the clubs above them - Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool - have already qualified for Europe.

Fulham were seventh when the last standings were calculated - behind Everton, who have also qualified - with two games to play, and are monitoring the situation. However, it is not thought that Dunne's indiscretion will have a significant impact on the final table, meaning City can expect to be involved in the Uefa Cup's qualifying-round draw on June 30.

By then their owner, Thaksin Shinawatra, will hope to have persuaded Luis Felipe Scolari, currently the Portugal coach, to take over in place of Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is resigned to being sacked 10 months into a three-year contract. The Swede will be on the flight to Thailand today when the squad leave for a promotional trip as he does not want to jeopardise his £1m pay-off.
 

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Fair Play saga rumbles on

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co...ster_city/s/1049605_fair_play_saga_rumbles_on

14/ 5/2008

MANCHESTER City's UEFA Cup dream will not be decided until Friday when the English Fair Play table is ratified.

The Blues are competing with Fulham for England's spot, with the other Fair Play entrants coming from Denmark and Germany.

Meanwhile, City striker Valeri Bojinov has admitted through his agent he may not want to stay next season should Sven-Goran Eriksson not be there.
 

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It is Citeh in Europe!!!!

AFP

Man City get fair play place in UEFA Cup
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LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City have been awarded a 'Fair Play' place in next season's UEFA Cup, the English Premier League announced on Friday.

England received an extra berth in the competition for topping the Europe-wide Fair Play league and although City only finished sixth in the domestic version, all the sides above them had already qualified for European competition in the 2008-09 campaign.

City were left sweating over the spot after captain Richard Dunne was sent off in their final league game of the season, a humiliating 8-1 defeat by Middlesbrough.

But once the final count had been done it was revealed that they had held off Fulham and they will now enter the competition at the first qualifying round stage in July.

Ironically, City's failure to qualify for Europe through the normal avenues is one of the reasons that club owner Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to sack manager Sven-Goran Eriksson once he has lined up a suitable replacement.
 
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