Champions League: Format changes planned for 2024 set to be delayed or scrapped

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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport at Geneva
The changes to football intended for 2024 are very most likely to be delayed or scrapped.
A Champions League containing four groups of eight nightclubs, as opposed to the present eight groups of four was being proposed by uefa.
The proposals came after pressure from theatres below the”big five” – England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
However no general consensus was reached.
The newest Europa League two and relegation from the Europa League along with promotion, a third club competition which starts in 2021, had been indicated to avoid the Champions League looking to be a sealed competition.
Ajax primary executive Edwin van der Sar has been one of the most outspoken demanding change, pointing from the present qualification system might have resulted in his team having no European football whatsoever following August, though they came within minutes of having to last year’s Champions League last before Lucas Moura’s striking injury-time goal for Tottenham at Amsterdam.
The probability is that whatever employed by 2024 will probably be much less radical than originally envisaged Even though the clubs stay dedicated to change.
Ex-Netherlands goalkeeper Van der Sar was current in Geneva on Monday for its first evening of a two-day meeting of Europe’s leading nightclubs, in which England’s”big six” clubs – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – were represented.
Sources have stated solving the Ajax”problem” is relatively simple and could be accomplished by allowing all semi-finalists to the group phase and introducing a play-off for its fourth-placed teams at the two lowest-ranking leagues that get four automatic team stage slots – now Italy and Germany.
A obstacle to implementing the changes is concern among the significant leagues, including the Premier League, which if the plan of Uefa results in tv earnings for their rivals, it is going to come at the cost of their competitions.
There is disagreement about it, however, the view is widely held and puts clubs in these competitions in loggerheads with counterparts in the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium and Scotland, amongst others, in which big-name clubs have been limited in their capacity to progress because access to TV money out of their own national competitions is strictly restricted.
They sense the gap is going to wind up being so wide unless action is taken immediately, it’ll never be bridged.
Last year, the Premier League’s bottom team, Huddersfield, made #96.6m at TV money alone. In 2018, Scottish champions Celtic’s entire income, such as prize money in the Champions League, was #101.6m, a sum that was decreased markedly in 2019 because of the failure to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite competitors.
It’s the lack of consensus that led to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin cancelling the crucial tri-party discussions (between Uefa, the championships as well as the clubs) which were expected to be held in Switzerland on Wednesday.
With opportunities being that they might not be held until the season’s close, these discussions are put back indefinitely.
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