Europa dream over for Burnley

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Burnley's hopes of earning a place in next season's Europa League have been dashed after England slipped down the UEFA Fair Play League.

The Clarets were in line for a place in Europe's second competition as all the teams ranked above them in the Premier League were already guaranteed a European place except Fulham, meaning they just needed the Cottagers to beat Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.

But Burnley's hopes relied on England holding on to third place in the Fair Play League and publication of the final table revealed they had dropped to seventh.

The extra spots will now go to countries from Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Burnley manager Brian Laws had been keen on combining a Coca-Cola Championship campaign with European football, saying last week: "We are in a fairly strong position if Fulham win the final.

"We are not banking on it but will certainly embrace it with open arms. Our preparations will be altered. If that is the case we will gladly change them."

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