Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose controversial Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Who is behind the plan to expand to 40 or 48 teams?

However, there is still a big push for change and Uefa are set to discuss the expansion soon.

Fifteen of Serie A's 20 clubs have voted against a proposal to create a semi-closed UEFA Champions League from 2024 onwards, according to a statement released in Rome.

The report says that the alternative proposal being put forward could see the existing 32-team competition expanded at the group stage to 40 or 48 teams with eight games played as opposed to the current six.

Clubs from Europe's major leagues have rejected the notion of a "European Super League" where teams are guaranteed their places.

Most of the top Italian clubs oppose Champions League reforms pushed by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to close off entries to the competition.

However, some clubs from outside Europe's biggest leagues, such as Ajax Amsterdam, Legia Warsaw and HJK Helsinki are in favour.

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Seven Spanish clubs, but not Real Madrid nor Barcelona, are also against the plans, along with the Bundesliga clubs, while 17 Ligue 1 sides came out against the project while Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Marseille abstained.

The ECA has proposed a competition made up of 128 teams in three divisions.

The ECA concept circulating since March calls for eight-team groups instead of four.

"Uefa is expected to commission expert analysis on any reform proposals to see what effect they could have on TV revenues", Ziegler adds.

"We also express our concerns about the economic and competitive impact on Serie A of this UEFA reform", they said.

With the meeting between Uefa, the ECA and the European leagues pencilled in for 11th September, the soccer governing body is under pressure to agree any Champions League changes before the end of 2019 to ensure enough time for discussions with Federation Internationale de Football Association about the global calendar to avoid fixture clashes.

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