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Birmingham granted licence to play in Europa League

Mon 16th May 2011 | UEFA

Birmingham City are free to take part in next season’s Europa League after being granted their UEFA licence.

Concerns over the club's financial situation led to an investigation by the Premier League, but the club has been able to provide evidence of its financial stability.

Owner Carson Yeung injected an extra £4m to quell "unfounded rumours", despite revealing debts of £27.7m.

The club qualified for the Europa League in February by beating Arsenal 2-1 in the Carling Cup final.

Acting chairman Peter Pannu told the official Blues website: "This means we can all focus on what are really exciting times for the club.

"We have three important Premier League games remaining and we can take this good news into them, starting at Newcastle on Saturday.

"Then we can all look forward to competing in the Europa League alongside some of the continent's finest clubs.

"Being granted the licence - which we were always confident of achieving - will put to rest once and for all some of the scaremongering that has surrounded the club."

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