Premier League clubs threaten to boycott European competition over changes to Champions League


PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have threatened to boycott European competitions amid proposed changes to the Champions League format.

The proposals, pushed by the European Club Association (ECA), would restrict participation in the tournament to some of the most acclaimed sides.

Premier League clubs threaten to boycott European competitions amid proposed changes to the format of the Champions League
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The Times report that the Premier League will talk over Uefa’s controversial overhaul of the Champions League at their annual shareholders meeting next week.

The ECA, spearheaded by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, are planning to introduce a promotion and relegation system for the elite competition.

That means top-four qualification would be abolished as clubs would remain in the Champions League regardless of the position in their domestic leagues.

The changes – aimed to come into effect in 2024 – would also include expanding the tournament and staging games during weekends.

But English sides fear the Champions League’s competitiveness and commercial success will suffer in the aftermath of the reforms.

And the FA are believed to be echoing the Premier League’s concerns.

Meanwhile, club football’s most prestigious competition will see a host of its Laws changing from next season.

Uefa are trying to speed up the game while reducing its controversy.

Among the radical changes are extending the subs number to 12 players on the bench and eliminating drop balls.

Attacking players will also be banned from infiltrating defensive walls at free-kicks.

New rules are will also result in an overhaul of handball decisions.


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