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Champions League: Clubs urge UEFA to make changes to competition

Champions League: Clubs urge UEFA to make changes to competition

It would ensure Europe's biggest clubs-champions Liverpool included-would retain their place in the Champions League year in, year out.

Fifteen Serie A clubs have come out against the European Club Association's controversial plans to reform the Champions League, which are being backed by Italian giants Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.

Juventus were alone in opposing the text, while Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Fiorentina, abstained.

Apparently, now there is continued pressure for Uefa to satisfy teams outside of the five big leagues who, despite their large fan bases and competition history, are not guaranteed a spot in the Champions League.

The alternative proposal is likely to form part of a crucial summit on September 11 between clubs, leagues and UEFA and last week ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli called for patience on all sides.

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The top tier would be the new version of the Champions League, but 24 of the 32 teams would keep their places for the following season.

"We firmly believe that qualification for UEFA club competitions should be based only and exclusively on clubs' performances in the domestic championship", said the Italian league, adding "any semi-closed model will endanger the value of national competitions".

Are plans for four groups of eight teams with promotion and relegation now dead in the water?

The ECA has proposed a competition made up of 128 teams in three divisions.

"We don't have all the answers, nothing is set in stone and it's going to be a long process, maybe a matter of months", before it is established exactly how the various UEFA competitions will look, he said.


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