Date: 10th May 2010 at 2:35pm
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The miserable season for the Clarets continues with news today that England have slipped out of the top three in the European fair play league ending all hope that Burnley could qualify for the Europa League despite being well-placed in the Premier League’s fair play table.

Their qualification was dependent on England remaining among the top three in the European fair play league and Fulham beating Atletico Madrid in this season’s Europa League final on Wednesday

At the end of 2009, England had been third in the table but the final standings published by UEFA today show that England have slipped to seventh with Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the vital top three spots. Teams from the three Scandinavian countries will now be awarded a fair play place in the first qualifying round of the Europa League on July 1.

This is just yet another disappointment for Clarets fans in what truly is turning into one horrible season with very little to cheer about.