Football - Home nations miss out on extra place

Scotland have narrowly missed out on being awarded a fair play place by UEFA in next season's Europa League.

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Football - Home nations miss out on extra place

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Scotland finished fifth in the UEFA fair play league

Sweden, who topped the fair play rankings, Norway and Finland have each been granted additional places in the Europa League's first qualifying round.

Scotland were in fifth place in the whole of Europe, just behind Holland, while England were in ninth, Wales 10th, Northern Ireland 12th, and the Republic of Ireland 18th.

Of the major footballing nations in Europe, Turkey finished with the worst fair play record.

The rankings are made by the UEFA delegates on criteria such as positive play, respect for the opposition and for the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of the team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.

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