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LONDON - Relegated Portsmouth's hopes of competing in next season's Europa League after reaching the FA Cup final were dashed yesterday when they were ruled out because they had not applied in time.
The FA and Premier League said in a joint statement that they had told the club's administrators they would "not consider any late application for granting of a UEFA Club Licence for the 2010-11 season."
Despite being £119million (R1,3billion) in debt and in administration, Portsmouth would have qualified for the Europa League by reaching the Cup final against Chelsea, who are sure to be in the Champions League. But the south coast club cannot take up the place without a UEFA licence. The deadline for applications was March 1. - Reuters