Fulham’s fair play is rewarded with Europa League place and June start

FULHAM will be back in action at the end of next month after it was confirmed they will compete in the Europa League next season after securing a place via the Fair Play League.

The first qualifying round takes place on 30 June just six weeks before the commencement of the 2011/12 Premier League season.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes said: “We’ve got a very early start and we will have to come back on something like 23 June for a match on 30 June.

“We’ll have three to four weeks break maximum so it’s difficult to plan for. A huge amount of thought needs to go into the guys that need the rest and making sure we have the right quality to move through the competition in the early rounds.”

The 2010 losing Europa League finalists, who ended the Premier League season in eighth position, qualified at the expense of relegated Blackpool by 0.01 points.