20 Premier League clubs will be united in their decision against Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli’s suggestion to change Champions League format and make it more closed.
It has been earlier reported that Agnelli has suggested to use 4 groups with 8 clubs in each group and make Champions League qualification mandatory for some big clubs. He has than told media it was just a suggestion, not a proposal he wanted to go for.
Premier League club representatives had a meeting in Harrogate earlier today.
Official statement says: “The Premier League and our clubs unanimously reaffirmed our strong opposition to the proposed reform of UEFA club competitions from 2024.
“These would alter the structure, calendar and competitiveness of league football.
“We believe the proposals – particularly the suggested format and qualification criteria – would be detrimental to domestic leagues across the continent.
“There was unanimous agreement that the domestic game should continue to be the priority for professional clubs, and any changes to the football calendar must respect the requirements of domestic competitions.
“Critically, qualification for the Champions League and the Europa League must continue to depend on current domestic performance.
“The clubs have asked the Premier League to now work with UEFA, fans and other stakeholders across Europe, to identify constructive proposals which improve European club competitions without harming domestic football.
“Premier League clubs will represent these views at the European Club Association meeting in Malta.”