CL play-off idea snubbed

Premier League chairmen have rejected the idea of introducing a play-off to decide who takes the fourth UEFA Champions League place.

Chairmen vote against introducing radical proposal

Premier League chairmen have rejected the idea of introducing a play-off to decide who takes the fourth UEFA Champions League place. The controversial idea of bringing in play-offs for the final Champions League spot was mooted last month, which would have seen the teams finishing from fourth to seventh fighting it out for the final slot in Europe's premier club competition. The proposal received a mixed reception from Premier League managers, with some for the idea and some against it. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was very scathing in his assessment of the idea, feeling it would only add to the fixture congestion in the top-flight. The idea was examined by Premier League chairmen at their meeting in London on Thursday and they have voted against the scheme, meaning the status quo will be maintained.

Discussion

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed there was not enough support among the 20 chairmen to push through the proposal. "The main topic of discussion was the prospect of a Champions League play-off for that fourth qualifying place," Scudamore told Sky Sports News. "We gave it a lot of discussion, a lot of detail, a lot of data. But there was not enough support to take the idea forward, so we won't be discussing that proposal any further."

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