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Newcastle joining Europe's elite clubs

Newcastle United are joining Europe's elite.

The Independent on Sunday says Newcastle will take their place at the top table of European football tomorrow as the new European Club Association stages their first general assembly in Switzerland.

The organisation has been brought into being to represent club interests with Uefa's blessing in place of the elitist G14 forum. Under Uefa's ranking system, England, like Spain and Italy, are entitled to send five clubs, and Newcastle have been given the fifth spot behind the acknowledged big four of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Scotland have three places and Hearts join Celtic and Rangers.

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