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Arsenal finish top of Fair Play League

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Arsenal have finished the season on top of one league this season - the 2012/13 Fair Play League.

In the FA's campaign to bring out positive behaviour in top-flight football, they introduced the Fair Play League, which judges teams in the Premier League on their behaviour and their positive intent.

This isn't the first time that Arsenal have finished top of the Fair Play League - and this year finishing at the top means they earn themselves £30,000 which can be spent on their community or on upcoming youth projects.

Arsenal finished top of the league above London-rivals Tottenham, who just pipped Liverpool to second.

The Gunners picked up 1,316 points in the league and had a total score of 329.0 and an average score of 8.66.

At the bottom of the league is Stoke City as they picked up only 1169 points and had a score of 293.3.

There are five categories taken into consideration when dealing with the Fair Play League:

Red and yellow cards
Positive play (e.g. attacking intent, speeding up the game, no time-wasting)
Respect towards opponents
Respect towards the referee
Behaviour of the team officials.

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that he is pleased that his side are acknowledged as the fairest team in the league and he believes it's one of the things the club can pride itself on.

“As a club, Arsenal prides itself on values of fair competition and positive behaviour both on and off the pitch,” Arsène Wenger told the club's website. “We are pleased to be recognised with this award and look forward to using the funding to further support our important work with young people in the local community.”

 

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