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Hughes and Baird in Europe picture for Fulham

Northern Ireland duo Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird could be competing in the Europa League next season — and it’s all down to their impeccable behaviour.

Three automatic places will be granted for countries at the top of UEFA’s Respect Fair Play ranking, with the Premier League in eighth and not far off the pace at the end of January when the last table was released.

Roy Hodgson’s men are at the summit of the Fair Play League in England’s top flight and will now be waiting to see the rankings when UEFA release their final table on April 30.

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