FA shows bias in rule reversal

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 May, 2005, 12:00am

The English FA made a convenient U-turn recently in reversing a decision, made in March 2004, that granted an English team as winners of the Champions League an automatic slot in the following year's tournament.

Last year when Arsenal and Chelsea were in the quarter-final of the Champions League, the FA ruled that if either English team won the tournament they would be put forward to play in the following year's tournament at the expense of the team who finished fourth in the league, as there are only four teams allowed to go through from the EPL.

If that rule still stood, Liverpool, if they beat AC Milan on May 25 in Istanbul, would be allowed to defend the title at the expense of this year's fourth-placed team, who may be Everton or Bolton.

So why is a rule that was good enough for Arsenal and Chelsea last year, changed this year when Liverpool are in the frame?

DAVID OH and RUSS GREEN, treasurer and chairman, Hong Kong Liverpool Supporters' Club