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Platini pushes for Cup winners in Champions League

UEFA president Michel Platini remains determined to see domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, despite failing to garner enough support for the proposal this week.

Platini was unable to convince Europe's five big football associations of the merits of his plan, which would have seen the FA Cup winners take one of the four spots currently given to the top four in the Barclays Premier League.

"We can do that in three years. We can come back on that," he told BBC News 24 programme Hard Talk.

Platini denied being forced into an embarrassing climbdown over the issue, claiming it proved he was willing to listen to the concerns of others.

He explained their fears, saying: "The leagues are not in favour because they have to sell their own leagues and if they lost one of the four Champions League teams, they think they would have more problems selling their TV rights."

Platini scrapped the proposal in return for securing a deal where, from 2009, six spots in the competition's group stage are reserved for league champions from the bottom 40 countries in Europe.

"My best message is to have six more champions in the Champions League," he said.

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