Burnley will have to finish seventh to earn a return to European competition after Manchester City's UEFA ban is overturned
Burnley now know exactly what they have to do if they are to earn a return to European competition.
Back in February, Manchester City were sanctioned by UEFA, who banned the club from Europe for two seasons and fined them €30m (£25m) having been found to have seriously misled European football’s governing body and broken the financial fair play rules by exaggerating the level of sponsorship income from companies in Abu Dhabi.
That would have meant eighth place would have been sufficient to seal Europa League qualification, had one of the Champions League qualifiers won the FA Cup - with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal the last four.
However, this morning, City's ban has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who have "concluded that the decision issued on 14 February 2020 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB should be set aside and replaced by the following: a.) MCFC has contravened Article 56 of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. b.) MCFC shall pay a fine of EUR 10,000,000 to the UEFA, within 30 days as from the date of issuance of the arbitral award."
That means City will again compete, as expected in the Champions League, next season, having secured runners-up spot in the Premier League, and the top four now will all be Champions League places, not stretching down to fifth, as had been the case if City were banned.
Fifth place is a Europa League place, and with City having already won the EFL Cup, that slot goes to sixth, with seventh place also meaning a Europa League place, providing the FA Cup is won by a Champions League qualifier.
Even if Wolves, in sixth, win the Europa League and finish outside the top four, there will be no extra place allocated for the Europa League, as the maximum number of English teams in UEFA competitions is seven.
Burnley sit 10th with three games to play this season, four points adrift of Sheffield United in seventh, and five behind Wolves, who come to Turf Moor on Wednesday night.