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David Healy

David Healy

PA

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David Healy

The Northern Ireland Football League are set to confirm today that the final league placings in the Irish Premiership will be determined by an independent panel which should see Linfield enter the Champions League next season and Coleraine play in the Europa League.

It would also be a surprise, given what has happened in some other leagues around Europe that concluded without finishing all their games, if Linfield are not declared champions.

The Blues are currently top of the table and are four points clear of second-placed Coleraine with seven matches left.