Premier League clubs against Champions League revamp plans

Premier League clubs against Champions League revamp plans

Premier League clubs against Champions League revamp plans

Premier League clubs battling for a top-four finish to reach the Champions League could become a thing of the past, if Europe's powerhouses get their way, the UK Sun reports.

It would see changes implemented from 2024, with the current structure of eight groups of four teams changing to four groups of eight teams.

Their fear is that the increase of group-stage games - from six to 14 - would affect the schedule of the domestic league.

It has also been suggested qualification could be restricted to clubs with a history of European success, rather than by finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

However, it is believed leading clubs on the continent are seeking change to combat the Premier League's advantage over its European competitors from more lucrative TV rights deals.

"All clubs unanimously agreed it is inappropriate for European football bodies to create plans that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game and will work together to protect the Premier League", it said.

This would have a dramatic impact on the Premier League as it would nearly certainly mean reducing the competition to 18 teams and ending the involvement of top-flight sides in the Carabao Cup.

'In England, football plays an important role in our culture and everyday life. We have a fantastic combination of competitive football and committed fans that we will vigorously defend.

Premier League clubs will be told today (Friday) about plans for a revamp of the Champions League.

"We have made a decision to invite all club members of our leagues to a meeting in Madrid on May 6-7, to discuss how they would like to see the development of professional club football in Europe".

The chairmen of each club met in London to discuss how UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) are considering making major alterations which could derail domestic football.

Yesterday Aleksander Ceferin, the Uefa president, denied Europe's governing body had held any discussions over staging European club football at weekend.

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