Premier League set to discover Fair Pay fate
Posted On May 2, 2013
The Premier League will find out next week if they have secured an additional Europa League qualification place through UEFA’s Fair Play League.
With Liverpool currently second in the Premier League’s fair play table, they would secure the spot should it become available, as first placed Arsenal are already set to qualify for Europe.
The Reds have amassed 51 yellow cards and two red in the period for assessment, which ended on Tuesday, while the ten match suspension handed to Luis Suarez does not count towards their total as the punishment was given retrospectively.
England, who were fourth in the table when the interim rankings were revealed in January, would need to displace either Finland, Norway or Sweden to finish in the top three, and so qualify.
However, manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he does not want Europa League qualification by this manner, and the club has also already made preparations for a lucrative pre-season tour in the Southern Hemisphere when the qualifying games are set to take place.
Elsewhere, the Guardian have reported that Newcastle United are interested in signing Reds midfielder Jay Spearing.
The 24 year old, who is currently injured, has spent much of this season on loan with Bolton Wanderers.