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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 19:32 GMT 20:32 UK
Platini snubbed by Euro leagues
Michel Platini
Platini was elected Uefa President in January
Europe's top leagues have snubbed Uefa President Michel Platini's idea to change Champions League qualification.

The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) have dismissed Platini's proposal to have cup winners qualify automatically for the Champions League.

The EPFL also rejected Platini's attempt to boost the role of smaller nations in the tournament.

The EPFL represents the likes of the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga.

Platini wanted Europe's top leagues to have three rather than four representatives in the Champions League, with the proposed changes to come into force until the 2009-10 season.

606: DEBATE

EPFL director general Emanuel Macedo de Madeiros said: "We believe what is being proposed is not in the best interests of the leagues.

Macedo de Madeiros added: "We understand it's vital for European football to have strong domestic leagues and anything which could affect negatively the league's competitions would be detrimental to the whole of European football."

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