Fulham could be set to receive an unlikely place in next season’s Europa League.
With the season drawing to its conclusion, the Londoners, who narrowly missed out on winning the competition last season, currently find themselves sitting second in the Fair Play table to Chelsea. However, Fulham's local rivals look set to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Each season the FA nominate the highest placed team in the Fair Play table who fail to qualify for Europe via their league position to Uefa.
Figures recently released by Uefa show England second only to Norway in relation to their Respect Fair Play ratings, meaning an extra spot in the 2011/12 Europa League will be awarded to the Premier League.
Uefa currently award the three countries who finish with the best rated positions in the Respect Fair Play table an extra spot.
Uefa’s assessments are made in the same way as the Premier League’s, with ratings being made by the official match delegates on criteria including respect for the opposition and referee as well as the number of cards team receive.
Should Fulham manage to secure European spot for next season owner Mohamed Al-Fayed could well make more funds available in the summer to manager Mark Hughes.