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Platini wanted to limit qualifying places per country to three

Uefa president Michel Platini is set to propose a shake-up of Champions League qualification in England by handing a place to the FA Cup winners.

 

Under new proposals, the Cup winners - rather than the team that finishes fourth in the Premier League - would go into Europe's elite cup competition.

 

It comes after Platini's plan to reduce qualification spots for any one country from four to three was rejected.

 

However, this proposal could be viewed as an compromise.

 

The plans will be unveiled by Platini next week, before the group stage of the Champions League gets underway.

 

And BBC Sport understands such a proposal would receive the support of the Football Association, who would be keen to increase the value of the FA Cup.

 

The plans would also be backed by the Italian FA, though Uefa's new strategic forum, made up of clubs, leagues and players unions, would be less favourably inclined suggesting there would be a lot of debate to come.

 

Suggestions that it would help break the monopoly of Champions League qualification among England's 'top four' appear unfounded, however, with one of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool winning all but two of the last 19 FA Cup competitions.

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Bring back the cup winners cup and stop letting so many teams into the champions league! :D

Nice in theory but if it happened in practice you'd be looking at the very real possibility of the breakaway European league again.

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Bring back the cup winners cup and stop letting so many teams into the champions league! :D

Nice in theory but if it happened in practice you'd be looking at the very real possibility of the breakaway European league again.

 

In someways it might be best to let that happen as it'd probably bomb eventually.

 

 

The CL is effectively that, but with a more exciting format than any Euro League could ever really have.

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