Premier League asks UEFA to go back to the drawing board
As this season’s Champions League knock out competition begins on pitches across Europe, the battle over the future of the competition continues in boardrooms.
Sam Wallace of the Telegraph has announced that Premier League clubs have rejected many of UEFA’s proposals for the Champions League after 2024, including the controversial awarding of places based on historical performance and changes to scheduling which would see games played throughout the domestic season.
NEW: Premier League shareholders meeting today has agreed to ask Uefa to reconsider its plan, post-2024, to award Champions League places on basis of historical performance (known as Uefa co-efficient). More @TeleFootball
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) February 17, 2021
The expanded proposal was to include a 36 team league, in which clubs played ten fixtures throughout the season, was rejected by all 20 clubs in the Premier League during a video call. It was seen as a direct rival to the Premier League and likely to impact its broadcast value which could be redistributed to a European competition full of the continent’s elite clubs.
While the Premier League is not against the expansion of the competition, it will ask UEFA that completes its group stages or first round before Christmas.
The clubs also considered the proposal that four places of the thirty six would be awarded on a UEFA coefficient basis, that being on based on a clubs performances over the preceding five years. Two of those places were to be awarded to France’s Ligue 1 and likely the winners of Holland’s Eredivise, but the remaining two places were to benefit clubs who qualified for the Europa League and Europa Conference League.
The two best UEFA coefficient qualifiers would be given an “access boost” to the Champions League, which would mean a team like Liverpool or Manchester City could finish outside the top 4 but still qualifying. The Premier League have rejected this and asked UEFA to make new proposals.
League Cup preservation also key
Another point of contention for the Premier League was the potential removal of the League Cup.
The trophy is the first major show piece final of the season and will see Man City face Spurs in April.
The loss of the League Cup, which is one of the major revenue streams for the Football League (EFL) was always going to be a sticking point as the EFL would require compensation for their loss. No decisions were made on that and discussions will begin with the EFL.
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