October 17, 2019, 8:42

Premier League could suffer cut in automatic places in revamped Champions League

Premier League could suffer cut in automatic places in revamped Champions League

Olsson is also in favour of adopting a three-tier model for continental competition where qualification is based solely on domestic performance.

However, Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus and chairman of the European Club Association, favours a ‘pyramid’ model featuring promotion and relegation, an increase in the number of group stage matches and more qualification places being decided by continental rather than domestic performance.

Olsson said Agnelli’s proposals amount to a “closed league” which would “kill” domestic competition.

European Leagues also wants UEFA to abolish payments based on the clubs’ historical success.

1:19 European Leagues chairman Lars-Crister Olsson has warned Andrea Agnelli and the European Clubs Association that all 30 leagues he represents will align against the ECA if they target the big five leagues

Olsson believes the distribution of Champions League revenue needs to alter too, suggesting up to 25 per cent should go to clubs not participating in European competition as a solidarity payment.

“The historical co-efficient system should be taken away,” the Swede said at the Leaders Week Sport Business Summit at Twickenham.

“It should be based on quality, not historic values. These two things should be discussed in the new format. If they are good enough, they qualify.”

European Leagues and the competitions and clubs it represents are holding further meetings in London next week.

Agnelli said an overhaul of European club competition was essential not just to ensure football’s primacy but to keep it relevant in the face of competition from esports.

“We have to look at ‘Generation Z’ and we have to think that competitors of the game are esports and Fortnite. They will be competitors going forward,” he said on Tuesday.

Sourse: skysports.com

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