Villa miss out on Europe

15 May 2007 01:28
Aston Villa have missed out on a place in next season's UEFA Cup after teams from Finland and Norway were awarded the final two places following the Fair Play league draw. Villa were the Premiership representatives in the draw held in the build-up to Wednesday's UEFA Cup final between Sevilla and Espanyol at Hampden Park. Representatives from ten different European leagues were in the hat in Glasgow with two names pulled out to join a further club from Sweden. "The two sides (from Finland and Norway) will join a team from Sweden in the first qualifying round as the Scandinavian country were awarded a place in the competition having finished top of the Fair Play standings," confirmed a UEFA statement. "The three associations which have been allocated an extra UEFA Cup berth will be entitled to enter the club that has won their domestic top-flight Fair Play league. "If this side has already qualified for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup, the domestic Fair Play competition will continue to apply, so the second-placed team may be entered."

Source: ESA