Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs fans will be interested in the latest news on potential changes to the Champions League
The future of the Champions League has been a hot topic in recent months as talk of change mounts and now there has been another major development.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have already booked their places in the Champions League for next season, while Arsenal will be hoping to do so by beating the Blues on Wednesday, May 29 in the Europa League final.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) wants to establish a European football system which includes promotion and relegation moving forward which could affect those London clubs.
However, the European Leagues’ organisation, which represents 35 sides across Europe, has slammed the proposed reforms.
The board which includes the likes of outgoing Premier League boss Richard Scudamore, met in Warsaw on Thursday to discuss the proposals and have now issued a joint-statement.
“The presented proposal for reforming the European club competitions benefits just a few rich and dominant clubs but damages the leagues and the great majority of clubs playing in the domestic competitions,” the statement read.
“The leagues believe it is imperative for UEFA to start building the changes in the UEFA club competitions project from scratch.”
This opinion is not necessarily shared by all clubs, though, with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward labelling the UEFA proposals as ‘interesting’.
“This is partly driven by domestic leagues across Europe not necessarily thriving and there being a desire from the clubs that are toward the top of those leagues to play more European games, which perhaps are more competitive,” Woodward explained.
“I think there is drive from UEFA, which is laudable, to try to give greater access to more teams, so if you look at the year just about to finish, 80 teams competed in the two competitions and the proposal for 24 is 128 teams so a greater than 50 per cent increase in the number of teams playing in Europe.
“There are other factors as well, from our perspective we view these proposals as interesting but there’s a lot of work to do with stakeholders to assess this.”
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