UEFA planning ridiculous change to the Champions League

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When UEFA announced they were due to make wholesale changes to the Champions League's qualification process in late August, the reaction was that of outrage.

As of the 2018/19 campaign, the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga will be guaranteed four automatic qualifying spots in the competition, as opposed to three and one in the play-off round.

The move sparked frustration amongst Europe's leagues - and understandably so - with UEFA clearly thinking about the revenue involved and nothing else.


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But further bad news is afoot.

According to the Daily Mail, UEFA are planning to follow up with yet another change that would see Champions League fixtures played over the weekend.

Premier League clubs have since come out in force to oppose the proposals, with a source stating: "This is a red-line issue that we wouldn't even contemplate."

It's little wonder England's top-flight has reacted so negatively to UEFA's plans given it would require them to completely alter then own fixtures list.

Money is once again the motivation for UEFA, who are reportedly keen to introduce weekend fixtures in a bid to maximise TV rights and revenue.

The potential change wouldn't happen until 2021 due to broadcast cycles, but back in May, a UEFA spokesman confirmed that plans are underway to further overhaul the Champions League.

"We are in constant dialogue with all stakeholders and any decisions will be taken in agreement with them," they said, per BBC Sport.

"It is far too early to speculate about changes to the formats of our club competitions."

Five months on and it seems more likely that weekend fixtures will be introduced, but it's the changes made to qualification that chiefs across Europe are currently trying to revoke.

At a Leaders 2016 conference on Wednesday, Lars-Christer Olsson, chairman of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), revealed how the opposition to said changes is unanimous.

"The deal is not done," he said. "The new UEFA president (Aleksander Ceferin) has said he will look at it again and I am confident that we can change it."

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