Liverpool edge out Arsenal, Everton and Man City to win Premier League Fair Play title after missing out on real thing

Liverpool were
judged to have
been the fairest Premier
League side overall
Brendan Rodgers' side blew
title but came out on top in
fair play ranks
Sunderland rated as the
worst of the 20 Premier
League sides
However, Black Cats came
out on top in fan behaviour
They might have blown the Premier
League title but Liverpool held out
for top spot in the official fair play
Brendan Rodgers' men edged last
season's winners Arsenal into
second place, while Everton and
Manchester City were also left
trailing in third and fourth place.
Luis Suarez's improved
performance played a factor in
Liverpool's rise from third to first,
the Uruguay international striker
received just six yellow cards and
no red cards in comparison to 10
the season before.
Liverpool emerged as surprise
challengers for the Premier League
title after embarking on a 16-game
unbeaten run at from the
beginning of 2014 which lasted
until a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea
on April 27.
That loss, combined with a 3-3
draw against Crystal Palace, after
the Reds had led 3-0, meant that
they finished second and two
points behind eventual champions
Man City.
In a bid to promote positive
behaviour from Premier League
teams and their players the fair
play competition was established
and assessed across five categories
including red and yellow cards,
positive play (e.g. showing
attacking intent, speeding up the
game, no time-wasting), respect
towards opponents, respect
towards the referee and behaviour
of the team officials.
As a result of their achievement
Liverpool will be awarded £30,000
by the Premier League which they
can put toward community or
youth projects.
Rodgers paid credit to his playing
squad and staff for their exemplary
behaviour: 'We are delighted to
top the Fair Play League at the end
of one of our most successful
seasons in recent history,' he said.
'Our fans, players and staff make
up what we like to call the world's
greatest football family and as part
of that we look to uphold the
club's values which include unity,
dignity and commitment, which
have been shown throughout the
In the behaviour of the public fair
play league 2013-14, Liverpool fans
were beaten to top spot by
Norwich, who had won the previous
two years finished fourth, with
Crystal Palace third and Arsenal
came fifth.

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