In Fairness, Spurs May Deserve a UEFA Cup Spot

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

TOTTENHAM fans will be hoping lady luck smiles on them on 5 June.

It is then - at halftime during England's clash with Finland in the women's European Championships - that Spurs will discover if they are playing in Europe next season.

Despite finishing ninth in the Premiership, the club have been handed a UEFA Cup lifeline through the governing body's Fair Play wildcard system.

Three extra places are allocated in the competition on the basis of good behaviour and the draw for two of those slots will be held at the City of Manchester Stadium when Euro 2005 kicks off next month.

Tottenham finished second behind Arsenal in the Premiership's Fair Play table, but the Gunners' place in the Champions League means Martin Jol's side qualify as England's representatives.

Whether Spurs actually make the final draw - and how many teams they are up against - depends on the final European Fair Play table. …

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