The Football Association has refused to comment on claims it has changed its Champions League qualification policy.

The FA has ruled that the top four Premiership teams will qualify for next season’s competition, even if Liverpool win this year’s final and finish outside the top four.

However in March 2004 the FA stated on its website that the fourth-placed team would enter the Uefa Cup if Arsenal or Chelsea won the Champions League.

Everton are currently fourth while Liverpool who are fifth, meet Milan in the 25 May final.

The FA ruled on Thursday that the top four in the Premier League would automatically be assured of a Champions League place.

A statement on the FA’s web site, dated March 10 2004, read: “Should Arsenal or Chelsea win the Champions League, they will automatically qualify for next season’s competition, but England will not gain an extra Champions League place, even if they finish outside of the top four in the Premiership. In that scenario, the fourth-placed team in the Premiership will play in next season’s Uefa Cup.”