Controversial Champions League plan in favor of Premier League clubs could be scrapped by UEFA

The proposal to award two teams a place in the Champions League based on their coefficient rather than domestic performance is expected to be torn up at this week’s UEFA Congress in Vienna after fresh talks with the clubs

The format of the Champions League will change in 2024 despite backlash from some clubs and the majority of fans. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The controversial proposal to reward two teams with a place in the Champions League based on their ten-year coefficient could be scrapped after new talks between UEFA and the European Clubs Association ahead of the governing body’s annual congress in Vienna this week.

The ECA met in Madrid on Monday to discuss new proposals that would see an expansion of the continent’s premier competition but without two places for clubs that did not qualify through the traditional route of domestic merits.

The idea of ​​rewarding two teams based on historical results was met with widespread backlash in the Premier League, although the proposal is likely to have often rewarded the club that finished fifth in the table and fan groups who see it as a similar one Step contemplated formation of a European Super League.

If the idea existed this season, one of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United would win a spot despite not finishing in the top four.

UEFA, which tabled the proposal, has now understood the complaints as a step towards a Super League and is seeking an agreement with the powerful group representing the clubs. There is a possibility that two clubs will be awarded a place based on criteria other than coefficients.

The structure of the Champions League will change from 2024 with two to four additional group stage games as the competition grows from 32 to 36 teams. That has raised national concerns about game congestion and one proposed solution would be to abolish the EFL Cup two-leg semi-finals.

There are also suggestions there will be no more two-legged semi-finals in the Champions League, with the last four coming together in a host city, similar to the final stages of the Covid-19-disrupted campaign two seasons ago.



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Nasser al-Khelaifi, ECA Chairman and Paris Saint-Germain President, said: “The range of decisions currently being considered by the ECA and other key stakeholders will shape European club football competitions for years to come.

“As an organization representing over 240 clubs across Europe – clubs of all sizes and locations, large and small – ECA has a unique perspective and leadership position. In all our decisions, the ECA acts in the best collective interest of European football and our community.”

In a statement, the ECA added: “As these important proposals come close to final agreement, which must be approved by the Uefa Executive Committee, the ECA is committed to working with Uefa to achieve the best possible results for European club football. “

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