UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has publicly declared the proposed plans of the Champions League post-2024 will not include playing European fixtures at weekends.
There were fears the radical plans might affect the credibility of domestic leagues but Ceferin has appealed for calm among the various stakeholders.
Andrea Agnelli, head of the European Clubs Association (ECA) denies that UEFA’s elite tournament is in danger of turning into a closed-shop Super League.
“We remain focused on trying to find a way forward that meets the needs of the game across the whole of Europe, not just in the big markets.”
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But the Juventus supremo didn’t shy away from the weekend games as he was recently quoted as saying that “it is certainly something that is logical to an open system.”
The proposals for a revamped Champions League would apparently see 23 out of 32 teams being assured of qualification regardless of domestic performance, with promotion and relegation to a secondary competition leaving fewer places open to individual domestic league champions.
However, Ceferin continues to pledge that no decisions have yet been reached.
“I was happy to repeat our commitment not to play UEFA club competition matches at weekends, with the exception of the Champions League final,” Čeferin said after a weekend meeting with UEFA’s 55 member associations.
“We will not decide anything without taking everyone’s views into account. We would never accept changes that would harm European football.”
Several leagues have condemned the proposals as unworkable but Ceferin said national associations took a different stance.
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“I was encouraged by the positive response to the consultation process and by the solidarity among associations, with recognition from the larger ones of the need to contribute more for the benefit of smaller nations,” he said