5/26/2018 10:28:26 PM (GMT+3)

Fulham beat Aston Villa to earn promotion to Premier League

Fulham beat Aston Villa to earn promotion to Premier League

LONDON: Fulham earned a promotion to the Premier League after Tom Cairney fired his 10-man team to a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

Cairney struck with a cool finish in the first half at Wembley to earn Fulham a top-flight place worth an estimated £160 million windfall.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after defender Denis Odoi was sent off for a studs-up lunge on Jack Grealish.

But they defended heroically to end the club's four-year exile from the Premier League.

Fulham’s financial windfall from increased revenue could rise to £280 million if they go on to survive for one season among the elite.

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