Date: 30th August 2007 at 6:36pm
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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.


53 Replies to “Platini Having Fun At Spurs Expense?”

  • What happens if the FA Cup winners are one of the top 3? Does the other spot go to who finishes 4th?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Its a load of *********. Its always the “Big 4” who win it anyway! What would West Ham or Bolton do in the CL!!??

  • Could have an effect on Spurs fair comment, but what about the effect it will have you the gooners as well? I can’t see you troubling the top three this season, this Man Utd, Chelski and Liverpool will be the three.

  • Fear, we finished behind Liverpool only on one goals goal difference last season missing Thierry Henry, William Gallas & Robin van Persie for half the season, we also played the last 11 games with only Aliadiere and Baptista as fit strikers. Liverpool also needed a last minute penalty to finish above us. Ok they may have strengthen, but if we can avoid major injury that will provide more strength to our squad. Also bear in mind that a good start moulds your season, and so far this year we are already 5 points better off after only 3 games.

  • As for the actual headline fellow Gooners (now trade marked) Everybody is having a laugh at Sperz expense!.

  • Oh please Rocky, we finished so close because we played our reserves from about March cos we knew we had a CL spot tied up. Arsenal are in a league of their own in 4th place, sorry. And yeah only 4 of the last 20 have been won by sides outside the top 4, but look who would have been representing England in the CL if this rubbish idea had been in place then! Spurs, Wimbledon, Coventry and Everton!

  • Its The to you Rocky7! lol. Yes, I know, just my feeling, Chelsea have the quality to keep going because of the money they have spent. I don’t particularly rave about Liverpool but think Rafa has built a good squad who have started far better than usual, they could well be in the mix. And Man Utd, bad start or not, are predictably top 3. Don’t get me wrong, as a Villa fan I don’t really give a stuff who finishes top 3 up to the point where MON wakes up, buys big, stops the long ball, and gets us challenging, but my feelings as a neutral is Arsenal are in transition still, you’ll play the most attractive football in the league on your day, but inconsistencies of inexperienced players will cost you the chance of top 3. I did think Spurs might push on this season as well, but Jol is negative and their start has been a disaster, which I’m sure you are all gutted about.

  • It took a long time to accept that the champions league wasn’t just for true champions, but to fend off a break away European it was a good idea to expand to European elite. But how does including cup winners improve the competition!! One bad game from Man Utd a few years ago and Millwall would have been in the champions league if it was down to Platini!!! Leave it alone!

  • Dear Fig, Wenger has been with our club for ten years now mate and during his tenure with us since `98 the lowest position he has finished has been 4th! for the last two seasons. Before that there was no big 4? it was either United or Arsenal. Then came the dark days, Millwall with money (Chelsea) arrived and it became the big 4 with L`pool flattering to deceive (however respect for C League runs)
    So 4th place is a little bit dissrespectful. Go FIGure!

  • Mr Fear! Your alliegence to the Villa is admirable, welcome to Vital Arsenal. May you never be duped by the noises coming from WHL again. Are the Blue noses just as irritable during silly season?

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