Fulham have said no to the chance to play in this summer’s Intertoto Cup.
The English FA has informed UEFA that they will not be providing any entries for the much-derided competition.
In summer 2002 Fulham won the InterToto Cup under Jean Tigana, beating Bologna 5-3 over two legs in the final, and progressed to the third round of the UEFA Cup going down to Hertha Berlin.
The squad’s poor performance in the second half of that season and subsequently the parting of the ways with Manager Jean Tigana was blamed on the European exertions.
Several clubs have taken part in the event in recent years — but they all felt the effort had a negative impact as the season continued.
So for the second year running, there will be no English representative.
Scottish Premier side Hibernian have entered and the fourth-placed club in the Welsh Premier League will also qualify for the competition.
Spanish club Villareal booked a place in this season’s Uefa Cup via the Intertoto Cup and have reached the quarter-finals where they face Celtic.