EPL clubs reject proposed Champions League enlargement

 

Premier League clubs have rejected UEFA’s proposals to enlarge the Championship by four clubs, insisting it will undermine English football.

A video call between executives of the Premier League’s 20 clubs heard the proposals to expand the European competition and increase its value from 2024 would reduce broadcast revenue available to top-tier teams here.

In addition, the league’s shareholders were told there would no room in the calendar for the Carabao Cup, which is worth almost £100 million to the English Football League and its clubs.

Under the rules proposed by UEFA, two clubs each season would be boosted from Europa League and Europa Conference League qualification places into Champions League.

This would apply across Europe, but in reality, it would only be those teams at the very top of UEFA’s 400+ ranking that would benefit.

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In the Premier League, this would mean any club finishing fifth, sixth or seventh could be propelled into the higher-level competition, based on their UEFA Coefficient ranking.

Two Champions League places would be decided in this way from 2024, under the UEFA proposal.

A decision may now be taken in early March or delayed until the UEFA Congress in April.

 

 

 

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