UEFA Rules – How Rangers, Newcastle Can Compete In Europe


Newcastle issued a statement yesterday that basically said the Telegraph were lying when they said the Telegraph said they had an interpretation of the UEFA rules should Rangers and Newcastle in the future qualify for Europe.

The Telegraph issued their own statement today saying they were not lying and that UEFA had referred them to article 3 of the UEFA rules – and they interpreted those rules.

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This is the article in question.

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3.01 To ensure the integrity of the UEFA club competitions, the following criteria apply:

a) no club participating in a UEFA club competition may, either directly or indirectly:

i) hold or deal in the securities or shares of any other club participating in a UEFA club competition
ii) be a member of any other club participating in a UEFA club competition,
iii) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in a UEFA club competition, or
iv) have any power whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in a UEFA club competition

b) no one may simultaneously be involved, either directly or indirectly, in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition

c) no individual or legal entity may have control or influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition, such control or influence being defined in this context as:

i) holding a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights;
ii) having the right to appoint or remove a majority of the members of the administrative, management or supervisory body of the club;
iii) being a shareholder and alone controlling a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights pursuant to an agreement entered into with other shareholders of the club; or
iv) being able to exercise by any means a decisive influence in the decision-making of the club.

3.02 If two or more clubs fail to meet the criteria aimed at ensuring the integrity of the competition, only one of them may be admitted to a UEFA club competition, in accordance with the following criteria (applicable in descending order):

a) the club which qualifies on sporting merit for the more prestigious UEFA club competition (i.e., in descending order: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League);

b) the club which has the highest priority access by virtue of its performance in its top domestic league championship and as indicated in the 2012/2013 access list (Annex Ia);

c) the club which has the best club coefficient ranking as established in accordance with paragraph 9.02.

Clubs that are not admitted are replaced in accordance with paragraph 2.11.

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Our simple interpretation of these rules for Rangers and Newcastle, should they both qualify for Europe in the future, and Mike Ashley has controlling interest in both clubs, is covered in 3.02 above and states as the first priority:

“the club which qualifies on sporting merit for the more prestigious UEFA club competition (i.e., in descending order: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League”

So if a club qualifies for the Champions League – even the early knock-out rounds – then that club takes precedence.

So which club between Rangers and Newcastle has the best chance of qualifying for the Champions League?

Here’s how the clubs in the SPL qualify for Europe this season:

Scottish Premiership Champions
Champions League qualifying round 2 (Champions pathway)

Scottish Cup winners
Europa League qualifying round 2

Scottish Premiership runners-up
Europa League qualifying round 2

Scottish Premiership third place
Europa League qualifying round 1

The only way into the Champions League in Scotland is to be the Champions, but there are several ways to qualify for the Europa League.

The second qualifier above in 3.02 section b – says it’s the club with the best performance in its own domestic league.

Newcastle have almost no chance of qualifying for the Champions League in England, so in the future if Rangers qualify for that competition we would have a chance only if we qualified by winning the Premier League.

That’s because we would be top of our domestic league like Rangers – and then and only then would the UEFA coefficient of the clubs be the decider – as in 3.02 section c) above come into play.

And if both clubs make the Europa League then which of the clubs between Rangers and Newcastle are likely to have a better record in their local league?

Rangers.

So from what we can tell by studying the current UEFA rules, Rangers would seem  to have the better chance of qualifying for the Champions League and also for the Europa League.

If Newcastle qualify for the Europa League and Rangers have qualified for either European competition,  then Rangers will get in – via the above priorities.

The only way Newcastle seem to have any chance of Europe is if we qualify for the Champions League and Rangers don’t.

Those have to be very low odds.

Or are we missing something – it’s certainly not easy working it all out via Article 3.

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36 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #1

    No doubt, at some point in the future, this may actually become relevant. Until then – yaaaaaawwwnnn

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ll greet a wall of silence, the Sissoko sale will be to take the club forward and he’ll be replaced but we won’t say when, only that the league is priority, only that the league us priority, like I said the league is priority.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Can newcastle compete in Europe, well it would help if we actually get there and considering we only in November well near the end, there’s a long way to go yet.

    How about we do a poll, hands up would you like Carroll back at this club.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    lesh

    “Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.'” “That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.” “Is it common?” Well, “It’s Not Unusual.”

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry mate i had to do it.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Did anyone see match of the day just now, one of the papers saying arsenal wants sissoko for 15 million.

    Now that’s not funny.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #7

    You right lesh my joke just killed the blog.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m the serial blog killer.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh well I’m off to bed, no one else on.

    Spoil sports.

    Don’t forget jail, welshgeordie is a nice name.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #10

    What are NUFC doing releasing a statement saying that a national publication is lying because UEFA did not explicitly suggest Rangers/Newcastle would not be able to compete in any Europe competitions in the same season? When the rules state as such and to which NUFC were directed when they made the same inquiry as the newspaper.

    Make sure you live by the same rules that you expect of others springs to mind.

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  • Thump

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #11

    @welsh: Honestly I thought Carroll played alright today. Couldn’t get into the right channels, couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, but the dive he took for Sissoko was a clear 10.

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  • Thump

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #12

    @70TWO: It’s ridiculous that the club would call them liars when the only point they could contest. The rest of the article is bang on, and anybody with a pair of eyes can see that.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope Tiote takes a good long hard look at Cattermoles’ game against Chelsea, he needs to be performing better than his match today to secure the defense and let the other midfielders get up higher.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Thump – ridiculous is one word for it.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #15

    The suspensions for Sissoko and Colback have come at the right time in my opinion.

    They will miss the game against Burnley and will be back for Chelsea. They have both been ever presents so far so a mini break might refresh them both for the tough december fixtures.

    As much as I dislike the 4231 set up, it should be used at Burnley on tuesday. My team would be:

    Elliott

    Janmaat Saylor Colo Haidara

    Tiote Anita

    Cabella Perez Ameobi

    Cisse

    I would give Dummett a rest and hopefully we will have Aarons back soon.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Thump

    Qualification for Europe is really pointless in the short term as significant investment in both Newcastle and Rangers by Ashley would be required and we know he is more interested in self sufficiency and cost cutting.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #17

    expatmag – whether we play in Europe or not is beside the point, the club press officer released a statement with an accusation of lying that is tackless and attempts to divert attention from the truth. In other words doing the exact same thing as it is accusing others of doing, I am perplexed at the credentials of whoever released the statement on behalf of NUFC.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #18

    JANUARY OUTS:
    Williamson
    Tiote
    Gouffran
    Anita

    JANUARY INS:
    Eder Alvarez Balanta
    Yohan Cabaye maybe or Jonjo Shelvey
    Memphis Depay
    Saido Berahino

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Another point with the Telegraph spat is the signing of players. I’m sure all our acquisitions are told that we aspire to play in Europe whether it be CL or EL. Everyone will now know about this difficulty about us and Rangers and European qualification. As players are typically signed for several years this could span into a period when Rangers are back where they were. If you were an aspiring player would you come to a club with no European football.
    I can see this spat with the Telegraph continuing -calling people liars is very very strong language. Standing by for round two.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Misrer Tuff
    I can’t but if someone can, it maybe a good idea to tweet the players to let them know they will never play in Europe for Newcastle. UEFA Article 3 says so.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #21

    TUFF & 7TWO

    In my opinion, players being attracted to NUFC with promises of playing in europe with the club is nothing else but heresay and probably not even pertinent.

    Most players these days move to Newcastle for two reasons: money and a stepping stone to bigger clubs. Examples of this in recent years are Enrique Cabaye Ba Debuchy and Remy.

    Expect to see the likes of Krul Tiote Sissoko Janmaat and De Jong follow suit in the next year or two.

    We are nothing more than a sausage factory these days and european qualification will become a distant memory under this lot.

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  • HTT

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #22

    expat@16 completely disagree with you about qualification for Europe.

    It would help us keep our better players, added attraction for new players to come to us, gives us another competition to watch (reason we’re all fans no?). Finally and probably most importantly it would be an excellent test of Pardew/Ashley, the first time they had the excuse of not knowing what it was going to be like. The second time they won’t have that.

    Qualifying again would be an excellent test of Ashley’s intentions for our club.

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m guessing that Ssoks will miss two games.

    His first yellow meant 5 in total, so an automatic 1 match suspension.

    Then the red for two yellows – automatic 1 match suspension.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Surprised it is thought that players and the club do not have European aspirations and that any such suggestions are hearsay.

    De Jong interview with the Beeb published on 3.7.2014.

    “I think we’re aiming for fourth and trying to be in the Champions League,” De Jong told BBC Newcastle.

    Clearly not hearsay then!

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #25

    TUFF

    Do you believe everything you hear?

    Towing the party line would be a more realistic description of that quote especially when you consider the quotes from management stating top 10 survival and bugger anything else.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Toonincheck

    The two yellows would surely be served as one suspension meaning he is still technically on only 4 yellows.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #27

    TUFF

    You may also want to remember two other things to support my viewpoint.

    We have qualified for Europe ONCE in the last 10 years and in my opinion, it was fortunate due to the bad seasons suffered by both Liverpool and Chelsea.

    The policy of management is to sell our better players for as much as we can get. By selling our better players, we reduce the chances of winning trophies and qualifying for europe.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Expat – clearly not but I see no reasons to dispute de Jongs’ comments. Clearly someone had been convincing him that we wanted to finish fourth and had CL aspirations.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #29

    I better mention I believe what de Jong said -but maybe he was fed a load of bull – which really was my initial point – offering the world to play for the Toon but knowing it really is not going to happen.

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  • MacToon

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #30

    “We have pitched in and signed players that we think give us a chance to push for Champions League.” Alan Pardew – July 2014

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  • MacToon

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #31

    “One of the key aspects of the sporting world is to protect the integrity of the competition. If there is not a fair competition in the sporting context then this completely overshadows the sporting contest.”

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Thats’ me off to the pit.

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  • Pottz

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Mactoon

    Not sure there has ever been fair competition in football.

    All the same clubs all over Europe win the top competitions due to the amount of money they have. Most of the time anyway.

    They buy all the best players from their rivals who can’t afford to keep them..NUFC being a prime example of selling to the top clubs…this reduces the competitiveness of the league.

    Did Abramovich’s not have a stake in CSKA when they won the UEFA Cup while he owned Chelsea?

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Pardew was talking up a challenge for a Champions League place earlier in the season, albeit only briefly, till he came to his senses. I’m assuming since we’ve unearthed another half dozen first team players since then, he’s even more bullish, in private. Still seems a bit far fetched, maybe he got himself a bit confused and thought he was talking to the players and not the press.

    By the way, Welshie has now trotted out that corny old Tom Jones gag at least 4 times now by my count.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 30, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Europe?We are still in the relegation fight.

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  • Slank

    Nov 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #36

    With Sissoko and Colback both out (together with Raylor and possibly Abeid) for the Burnley game would Perez be able to operate as an attacking midfield player ?

    Whilst he doesn’t have the physical presence of Sissoko he does however have lots of pace and very quick feet that gets him out of trouble whilst being a real handful for defenders. He showed yet again at West Ham how good he is. Who is the £12 million player Perez or Cabella ?

    Perhaps a team lineup of:

    Elliott
    Janmaat – Colo – Dummitt – Haidara
    Tiote – Anita
    Cabella – Perez – Ameobi
    Riviere

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