3 nations receive European spots due to fair play

Norway, Finland and the Netherlands will receive extra berths in

2012-13 Europa League qualifying based on fair play rankings.

The Union of European Football Associations said Tuesday that

Norway topped the rankings, followed by the other two

countries.

The nations are now able to nominate the club that received the

fewest red and yellow cards. If that club has already qualified for

a European competition, the next non-qualified team will be able to

enter.

The three clubs will enter the first round of qualifying.