Football: Gibraltar clubs to play in European competition

There could be two Manchester Uniteds in European club competition next season after UEFA on Friday granted Gibraltar one place each in the Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds.

Manchester United, the Gibraltan one, currently stand in third spot in the six-team premier division in the tiny British-held territory which lies off the southern tip of Spain and within sight of the African coastline.

UEFA, European football's governing body, accepted Gibraltar as its 54th member in May after a long battle for inclusion, and ruled to include two clubs at strategic talks by its executive committee in Dubrovnik.

The domestic Gibraltan league has three divisions with all participating clubs on an amateur status, Lincoln FC having been crowned champions for the last six seasons.