Fair Play place gives UCD a €200k boost
Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30
UCD are set for a €200,000 windfall and a taste of European football this summer after Ireland received an extra Europa League place through UEFA's Respect Fair Play rankings.
The students will be in June's draw provided they meet licensing requirements, despite the fact they were relegated last season.
UEFA award extra places to one team from the top three countries in their rankings and Ireland finished third in their chart behind Holland and England, with West Ham in pole position to claim the Premier League's spot.
The Fair Play assessments are drawn from the conduct of teams in UEFA competitions in both the club and international sphere.
In addition to the tally of yellow and red cards, UEFA delegates can also add marks under categories such as crowd behaviour and respect for officials.
UCD finished third in the League of Ireland's disciplinary chart in 2014 behind Dundalk and Cork and have benefited because that duo have already qualified for Europe in a year where the financial rewards have dramatically increased.