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Feb 23, 2013

Bradford won't risk finances for Europe

Bradford could refuse to play in the Europa League next season should it qualify by beating Swansea in Sunday's League Cup final, according to Bantams co-chairman Mark Lawn.

Phil Parkinson's League Two side will become the first fourth-tier team to contest a League Cup final in more than half a century when it takes on Michael Laudrup's Swans at Wembley Stadium.

But Lawn says the west Yorkshire outfit may turn down the opportunity to compete in Europe next term if doing so would cost the club money.

"I'm not going to pay to play in Europe," he told The Sun. "When we beat Villa (in the semifinal), I was told, 'You don't really want to get into Europe -- it costs you money in the early rounds.' I said, 'Well, that'll be fun because if it costs us money, we won't be there.' "

Lawn then dismissed his team's chances of winning Sunday.

"Realistically, it's not going to be a problem because I don't think we're going to win against Swansea."

If Bradford does win and snub UEFA, a Premier League club may take its Europa League spot.

"I won't put us in fiscal danger to play in Europe. That's not going to happen. I'm deadly serious," Lawn said. "It's all very well saying there are financial rewards once you get to the group stage. But we're a fourth division club -- realistically, we're not going to get there."

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