Italian opposition to the amendments of the Champions League


MILAN- Fifteen Serie A clubs have said they are against the controversial European clubs' proposed controversy over the Champions League, backed by Juventus in the last eight years, according to press reports.

Juventus president and European clubs Association Andrea Anniele defended last week's proposed changes, saying they were aimed at protecting small clubs from the top five clubs.

According to the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, a vote was made on Monday by the Italian League for a joint text opposing the project. Juventus was the only opponent, while Roma, Inter, AC Milan and Fiorentina abstained.

The European Clubs Association proposes a system of competitions with the participation of 128 clubs spread over three tournaments (instead of two current ones) for adoption in 2024.

According to the new formula, the Champions League will be four teams from eight teams in the first round, instead of the current format of eight groups of four teams, so that the first six teams from each group qualify for the next version, regardless of their ranking in their national championships, Significantly the importance of these tournaments. The 15 opposition clubs said similar plans could cut 35 percent of first-class revenue.

A two-day vote was taken by the Serie A on a joint text opposing the project, with Juventus the only opposition

The matches are not popular with some leagues, especially the English Premier League, which they unanimously opposed. The reforms were opposed by seven Spanish clubs, the giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were not among them, along with the Bundesliga clubs, while 17 French first division clubs were against the project and Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Marseille abstained.

The Association of Clubs, the European Football Federation and the League of Legends, which includes hundreds of clubs, will discuss the proposed amendments at a meeting on September 11. "All the clubs realized that it was really the beginning of the process. "Nothing has been carved into the rock, and we still have a lot to discuss."

"If we do it right, we can get economic progress without any damage to the (national) championships," he said. "If we want to find a solution that suits everyone, we have to put ourselves in the position of others."

Aniele said Thursday that "the very disappointing thing so far is that all the debate on the amendments led by the representatives of the five major European tournaments," which expressed opposition to the proposals.


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