Liverpool to defend Champions League

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

Liverpool will be allowed to defend its Champions League title, but will have to begin play in the qualifying round.

London:

Liverpool will be allowed to defend its Champions League title, but will have to begin play in the qualifying round. European soccer's governing body announced the decision on Friday after the 14-member executive committee agreed to make a special case for Liverpool. Despite beating AC Milan on penalties in the final in Istanbul last month, Liverpool was unable to gain an automatic spot in next season's competition. Under UEFA's rules, the champion doesn't automatically qualify. The top four in the English Premier League qualify, and Liverpool finished only fifth. (AP)

Topics : Football Liverpool
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