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Platini Having Fun At Spurs Expense?

Platini Having Fun At Spurs Expense?

After spending the last two years trying to break into the top four and gain that all elusive Champion's League spot, Spurs could now have that place in Europe's premier competition stripped away before they have actually gained fourth spot.

Platini has put forward a plan to remove the Champions League place from the team who finishes 4th and handing it to the winners of the FA Cup.

Should the winner of the FA Cup finish in the top 3, then the CL place will be handed to the team finishing in 4th.

The thinking behind the move is to try and add variety to the teams qualifying for the competition rather than the same four teams year after year.

For me, enough thought hasn't been put into this move as it has been a full 12 years since one of either Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea or Liverpool have NOT won the FA cup, indeed only Everton (the last team to break into the top four) have claimed the FA Cup from these four teams since 1991.

Should the move be agreed, the winners of the 2009 FA Cup will enter the Champions League.

Still, you've got to laugh ain't ya.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Time: 6:35PM

Comments

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What happens if the FA Cup winners are one of the top 3? Does the other spot go to who finishes 4th?
super_gooner
30/08/2007 18:42:00
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Yes.....I should have put that in....infact, gimme two minutes. Cheers SG.
Rocky7
30/08/2007 18:44:00
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nice...
ArsenalRob
30/08/2007 18:47:00
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See I was thinking about this today. Its a pretty funny idea, but imagine this: For the next few years the top 4 stay the same, in different orders each season. Platini gets his go-ahead and that season Spurs finish 4th after all their hard work and Arsenal finish 5th and win the FA Cup? Imagine the uproar. People say it devalues the tournament by not just having the champions, people say its devalued further by having 3rd and 4th place. Millwall got to the FA Cup Final a few years ago, imagine that being for a CL place and United having Rooney sent off after 3 minutes and Millwall get into the CL. Its such a ridiculous idea I cant even believe anyone with power has though it remotely viable.
FIG
30/08/2007 18:57:00
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to win the F.A cup, you need to win 7 game- potentially. If the best 3 or 4 teams meet each other alon the way ( since there is no seeding), it's concievable that a team could win the Cup not playing anyone in the Premier league, or maye one or 2 teams, none of which would necessarily be in the top half of the League. Not only that, but with a kind draw, up to 5 of your 7 games could be at home. This is not a fair way to decide a 4th Champions league spot, and in reality, it affords clus like Spuds a much more realistic chance of Champions League qualification tan a consistent performance over 38 games, against all of the top sides, home and away. This just devalues the C/L even further. Why not just change the name to the Platini Trophy for Losers and invite Spuds in?
FAB 4
30/08/2007 19:01:00
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wouldnt be good for football but it would hurt spuds so duznt sound 2 bad. but i dnt think id like it if it actualy came. prem top 4 is much better way of ensuring only the best get into the champions league.
ArsenalRob
30/08/2007 19:04:00
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I think the statistics prove that you need to be a consistent team to win the FA Cup. Ok dodgy teams get through to the semi's and finals, but ultimately they don't win. Out of the last 20 FA Cups, only four times have one of the top four not won the trophy.
Rocky7
30/08/2007 19:12:00
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Fair shout Rocky! As I`ve said (or wound them up more like) on Vital sperz, that the big clubs love the double, it has a certain ring to it as well as the adulation it brings. Just ask any self respecting Chavski fan what they would rather win.Good god even they who should not be mentioned down the road have crowing rights there.
HerbertChapman
30/08/2007 19:23:00
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It's absolute b0llox, it's the latest ludicrous idea from the suits in the upper echelons of UEFA/FIFA who need to come up with this cr*p to justify their pay packets, what a load of ****. If it aint broke...
AFC85Lew
30/08/2007 19:27:00
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Either way, come 2009 you'll be in the UEFA cup
Gromit
30/08/2007 19:28:00
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