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Bradford would reject Europa League place

23 February 2013 15:22

Bradford City could be set to reject a place in the Europa League should they qualify by beating Swansea City in Sunday's League Cup final.

Co-chairman Mark Lawn has revealed the West Yorkshire club would refuse to pay in order to play in the early stages of the Europa League, which consequently would mean forfeiting a potential place in Europe.

Lawn told The Sun: "I'm not going to pay to play in Europe.

"When we beat (Aston) Villa (in the semi-final), I was told, 'You don't really want to get into Europe – it costs you money in the early rounds'.

"I said, 'Well, that'll be fun because if it costs us money, we won't be there'.

"Realistically, it's not going to be a problem because I don't think we're going to win against Swansea."

Lawn added: "I won't put us in fiscal danger to play in Europe. That's not going to happen. I'm deadly serious.

"It's all very well saying there are financial rewards once you get to the group stage, but we're a fourth division (League Two) club – realistically, we're not going to get there."

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Info

Competition
League Cup
Date
24 February 2013
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
0 - 5
Venue
Wembley Stadium (London)
Attendance
82997

Goals

0 - 1
16' N. Dyer
0 - 2
40' Michu
 (assist by Pablo Hernández)
0 - 3
48' N. Dyer
 (assist by W. Routledge)
0 - 4
59' J. de Guzmán (PG)
0 - 5
90'+1 J. de Guzmán
 (assist by Àngel Rangel)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
12 56'
2
23
16
27
24
14
18
11
9
21
Coach: P. Parkinson
# Player Bookings
25
6
22
33
20 59' 90+1'
15
12 16' 48'
24 38'
7
11
9 40'
Coach: M. Laudrup

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
5
1
20
4
7
17
26
# Player Bookings
16
14
21
1
17
19
26

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