FA set to rule against Anfield in Champions' League place row
Thursday 28 April 2005
Liverpool are almost certain to miss out on the Champions' League next season if they finish outside the top four in the Premiership - even if they go on to win the competition.
Liverpool are almost certain to miss out on the Champions' League next season if they finish outside the top four in the Premiership even if they win the competition this season.
The FA board is due to discuss the issue at a meeting today, but will not make any decision at least until the semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool has been played. However, the Premier League would resist any attempt to remove Champions' League qualification from the side that finishes fourth. The dilemma is that Everton are favourites to finish fourth. If Liverpool were to win the Champions' League they could present a strong case for playing in the tournament next season. It would be up to the FA board to decide but the Premier League feels strongly it should go to the fourth-placed side.
"I'm sure the board will take the view that the top four should go into the Champions' League," one neutral club chairman said. "That was the rule everybody was playing by at the start of the season. I can't see the board giving the place to Liverpool if they get to the final and win because they won't have qualified through the League even the World Cup winners have to qualify for the next tournament now." The FA has asked Uefa, the European game's governing body, if it can enter five clubs into the Champions' League should Liverpool win the tournament, but that plea is certain to be rejected as the rules clearly state that a maximum of four clubs per country is allowed. The regulations also stress that it will be up to the FA board to decide the teams in question. "At the request of the national association concerned," the rules state, "the Uefa Champions' League title holders may be entered for this competition, as an additional representative of that association, if they have not qualified for the Uefa Champions' League
via the top domestic league championship. If, in such a case, the title holders come from an association entitled to enter four teams for the Uefa Champions' League, the fourth-placed club in the top domestic league championship has to be entered for the Uefa Cup."
Uefa's communications director, William Gaillard, said: "Should those circumstances arise it is up to the FA to make a decision."
Incidentally, the FA's chief executive Brian Barwick, who is a Liverpool fan, does not have a voting role on the board.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
West Brom vs Manchester United: Latest score and Twitter updates, with Stephane Sessegnon, Marouane Fellaini, Saido Berahino and Daley Blind on target
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Are you ready for Crazy Doritos, the red-hot snack food craze sweeping Mexico’s streets?
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage