Ful­ham re­turns to Premier League

Times Colonist - - Sports -

LON­DON — Ful­ham se­cured a return to the English Premier League on Tues­day after one season away by beat­ing west Lon­don ri­val Brent­ford 2-1 in the Cham­pi­onship play­off fi­nal.

Joe Bryan scored twice in ex­tra time at Wem­b­ley to give Ful­ham the win in what is widely called the most lu­cra­tive game in soc­cer. Ful­ham will re­ceive at least 135 mil­lion pounds ($176 mil­lion US) over three years after se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion, a year after be­ing rel­e­gated from the world’s rich­est foot­ball league.

Ful­ham owner Shahid Khan failed with a bid to buy Wem­b­ley a year ago, and his team had to cel­e­brate in an empty sta­dium on Tues­day due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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