Premier League rejects proposals for new Champions League model
Premier League rejects UEFA proposals for new ‘Swiss model’ Champions League as clubs voice concerns over broadcast value being taken away from England’s top flight
- Premier League shareholders have met to discuss Champions League proposals
- UEFA want to expand the competition from 32 to 36 team from 2024 onwards
- They also want matches to take place during each month of the domestic season
Premier League clubs have rejected the ideas set out by UEFA to revamp the Champions League from 2024 onwards.
The European governing body had set out a number of reforms to its elite competition in a bid to keep clubs happy and ward off the threat of a breakaway European Super League competition.
Those ideas included expanding the competition to 36 teams, and splitting the group stages across two leagues, where each side plays a guaranteed 10 matches.
The Premier League have rejected new proposals from UEFA for the Champions League
That would see games take place during every month of the domestic season, which is just one of the issues English top-flight clubs have taken with the proposals.
According to The Telegraph, at a video-call for all 20 shareholders, the main fear raised was the impact to broadcast value of the Premier League, if there are more top European matches available to televise.
There was also concern that the new calendar set out by UEFA leaves no room for the Carabao Cup to continue. The cancelling of the competition would be a massive blow to the EFL.
UEFA has put forward plans to expand the Champions League from 2024 from 32 to 36 teams
The clubs were also unimpressed by UEFA’s plans to award four of the places in the competition based on coefficients.
In practice, this route may help the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, with clubs qualifying for either the Europa League or the new Europa Conference League being boosted into the premier competition based on past European performances.
However, the Premier League wants ‘better options’ to be put forward.
The likes of Arsenal would be set to benefit from some of the competition’s new proposals
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