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Decision on Liverpool on Friday

June 08, 2005 22:06 IST

UEFA will decide on Friday whether to allow Champions League winners Liverpool to defend their title next season, the game's ruling body in Europe said on Wednesday.

UEFA's executive committee will use a teleconference to decide whether to take the unprecedented step of allowing England a fifth team in next season's competition.

Liverpool won the trophy on penalties against AC Milan last month but finished outside the Premier League's top four qualifying places. They are currently only entitled to a UEFA Cup place.

The teleconference will be chaired by UEFA president Lennart Johansson, who made it clear on Tuesday that he wanted Liverpool to be allowed into the qualifying rounds of next season's Champions League.

A UEFA statement on Wednesday said the participation of all future cup holders, as well as Liverpool, would be considered by the committee.

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