Uefa is set to award a place in the Champions League to the winners of the Europa League from the 2014-15 season, in order to make the competition more attractive, with an announcement expected on Friday.
Other plans being considered include whether to award a fifth Champions League place to clubs in the big European leagues and to expand the number of Europa League places on offer. Also teams who win the Champions League or Europa League but finish outside the qualifying places in their domestic campaign will no longer usurp one of their league rivals to take up their place the following season.
That means the fate that befell Tottenham Hotspur in 2011-12, when they missed out on Europe despite finishing fourth because Chelsea won the Champions League and finished sixth, would not happen again. Instead, England would now have five representatives.
The new rules are expected to be ratified by the Uefa Congress in London on Friday and will apply from 2014-15.
In the unlikely scenario that teams from the same country win the Champions League and the Europa League, also expected to confer Champions League qualification from 2015, yet finish outside the top four then a total of five clubs will be permitted – the top three plus both European champions.
The European governing body has also confirmed that any player or official disciplined for racism in one of its competitions will receive a minimum 10-match ban. The FA announced last week that it would bring in a minimum five-match ban for racism on the field of play, although it stressed that it was a "floor" and punishments could be much higher.
Uefa, which has been under pressure to take a tougher line on racism in the wake of a string of contentious incidents, said discriminatory behaviour by players or officials would attract a minimum 10-match ban. Racism in the stands will lead to a partial stadium closure for a first offence followed by a full stadium closure for repeat offenders.
As part of an attempt to give its "Respect" campaign greater teeth, the minimum ban for insulting match officials has also been increased from two matches to three. The minimum ban for assaulting a match official is increased from 10 matches to 15.
The measures will be put before Uefa's Congress for ratification on Friday, together with a resolution that national associations adopt the "same or similar" sanctions.
Pressed on whether the FA should increase its sanctions, the Uefa general secretary, Gianni Infantino, said: "The FA is absolutely autonomous. They know for themselves what is best for England to do to fight against racism. England is probably one of the countries where the most has been done to fight against racism.
"If the FA have shown their way of regulating is correct for England, then that is their decision. Everyone must do whatever they can in this field."
The new sanctions will take effect from 1 June this year, so will apply to the European Under-21 Championship in Israel and all Uefa club competitions from next season.
Uefa's executive committee, meeting in London ahead of the Champions League final, also announced it was removing any statute of limitations on investigation of match-fixing cases, to allow historic cases to be examined, and unveiled new anti-doping measures.
It will use the steroid profiles of 900 players who have played in Uefa competitions since 1998 as the basis of a retrospective study, which will be conducted anonymously but potentially used as the basis of a new biological passport scheme.
It will also introduce blood tests to all its competitions for the first time, putting the number that will be conducted next season at "a few hundred".
"It is up to the experts on the medical committee to define precisely the number. A few hundred. What prompted this is that we want to do whatever we can to show that we want to have a clean sport. We have a very detailed and elaborate anti-doping programme," said Infantino.
"We have some good experience in 2008 and 2012 with the blood tests. We thought it was the right time to introduce the same in other European competitions. When you have a programme you have to always try to improve it."
Uefa also announced that the 2015 Champions League final would be held in Berlin, with the Europa League final staged in Warsaw.
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