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West Ham manager Moyes slams UEFA rule changes for preventing 'new boys on the block'

West Ham United manager David Moyes has criticised UEFA for potential rule changes to qualification for the Champions League.

There are reports that the winners of the FA Cup could qualify for a place in the Champions League in the future - but only if they are a so-called big club.

That means Crystal Palace would not qualify if they won this year's FA Cup, but Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool would if they finished outside the top-four and won the trophy.

Speaking ahead of the first leg of their European quarter-final with Lyon, Moyes said: "If we're honestly talking about a football club who are back in Europe, you would have to say we're new. We're the new boys on the block.

"I bet you UEFA were not expecting West Ham to be in this position. But that's what happens. And that's why we need to keep encouraging UEFA to bring in other teams.

"Look how well we've done. Maybe we might not have got in this competition if there were different rules.


"From that point of view, I really think that we want to show that we can challenge. And if we're at our best, we're a match for most teams and we can be."


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