The FA stood by our 4th place finish so the RS then started cry-arsing until UEFA let them join at the first QF round stage.
I remember at the time a question mark over whether we'd be allowed to enter the CL if Liverpool won it.
they subsequently clarified the rule (i.e. the "extra" place is given to the CL winner) but at the time I thought it was ambiguous??
After all, the previous time it happened, 2000, the 4th place Spanish team went to the UEFA cup to allow Real Madrid to defend the CL. I remember at the time that being the precedent that people were concerned about.
anyway, here's the relevant rule on the PL website for this season:
"In the event that a Premier League club win the UEFA Champions League and another win the UEFA Europa League and neither of these clubs finish in the top four of the Premier League, the club lying fourth in the table will drop into the UEFA Europa League group stage."
Saw on Twitter that it’d be very Everton if:
We finish 4th
Liverpool are lower, but win Champions League
Spurs or Arsenal are lower but win Europa
I’m which case we’d be Europa, not CL.
And unlike last time I doubt UEFA would change the rules to suit us.