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European leagues oppose Champions League reforms

AP
Published Sep 8, 2016, 5:46 pm IST
Updated Sep 8, 2016, 6:08 pm IST
EPFL accused UEFA of implementing the changes without the support of European domestic leagues.
Spain, Germany, England and Italy will each get four slots from the 2018-19 season. (Photo: AP)
 Spain, Germany, England and Italy will each get four slots from the 2018-19 season. (Photo: AP)

AMSTERDAM: The association of European football leagues strongly opposed the reform of the Champions League, saying it will be detrimental to small clubs and wants UEFA's next president to reconsider the changes adopted last month.

In a statement issued ahead of a meeting of its board of directors, the EPFL accused UEFA of implementing the changes without the support of European domestic leagues.

 

UEFA decided last month to give additional guaranteed places in the group stage of the Champions League to the four highest-ranked leagues. Spain, Germany, England and Italy will each get four slots from the 2018-19 season.

The EPFL says "this decision will have a detrimental impact on domestic competitions and will lead to an exponential growth in the financial and sporting gap between the biggest clubs in Europe and all the others."

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