Airtricity League misses out on fair play place

Updated: Monday, 13 May 2013 18:06

Airtricity League sides have missed out on a fair play place from UEFA for next season's Europa League.

Ireland finished in 18th place out of the 46 leagues eligible as 59 League of Ireland matches formed part of the assessment, from   May last year up to two weeks ago. 

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

Scotland were in fifth place, just behind Holland, while England were ninth, Wales 10th and Northern Ireland 12th.

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.