Serie A clubs oppose CL reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

European clubs are reported to be urging UEFA to come up with a different proposal for the Champions League in order to avoid it becoming a mainly closed competition.

A proposal has now been submitted to expand the competition from 32 to 40 or 48 teams, according to the Times.

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.

This would create a vacuum that would deprive "smaller" sides such as this year's semi-finalists Ajax of a place regardless of their domestic performances.

Most of the clubs in the Italian league have opposed Champions League reform ideas pushed by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to close off entries to the competition. They were the latest of Europe's major leagues to reject the ECA reform plans.

A format with 40 or 48 teams would favour not only Europe's wealthiest clubs but also traditional giants, such as Ajax and Celtic, who do not now qualify for the Champions League group stage by winning their domestic leagues.

However, some clubs from outside Europe's biggest leagues, such as Ajax Amsterdam, Legia Warsaw and HJK Helsinki are in favour.

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

Are plans for four groups of eight teams with promotion and relegation now dead in the water? There would be 32 teams in the second division, now the pre-existing Europa League, and 64 in the third division, split geographically.

"We also express our concerns about the economic and competitive impact on Serie A of this UEFA reform", they said.

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