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O'Neill wants Euro clarification

19 Apr 2010 - 08:11:41

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has urged the Football Association to make a ruling regarding Portsmouth's late application to play in next year's Europa League.

Villa moved up to sixth place in the table following a a 2-1 victory over the south coast club at Fratton Park on Sunday.

Pompey have been relegated from the Premier League but their progression to the FA Cup Final means they could expect to be granted a place in next season's Europa League.

However, they missed the March deadline to apply for the necessary licence to play in European competition after slipping into administration only to launch an appeal when their place at Wembley was secured.

Should the appeal be successful then the club that finishes seventh in the final Premier League table would see the final Europa League place go to Pompey.

And that uncertainty, according to O'Neill, needs to be cleared up as soon as possible.

Speaking after goals from John Carew and Nathan Delfouneso's in Sunday's victory, he explained: "Would I have a problem with Portsmouth's application to get into Europe? I probably would if we finished seventh.

"I don't know what the rules are. I didn't check them all.

"The only thing I ask for is that whatever the viewpoint is, the FA should resolve it before the end of the season to give those people chasing Europe the opportunity to know where they stand.

"If they haven't gone in for it in the first place or applied for it themselves then you'd have to ask Portsmouth themselves if they should be given the right to appeal.

"That would be their right as a club. I just don't know the rules."


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