Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish SLAMS Champions League Reform Plans

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‘Clubs don’t want them, fans don’t want them, broadcasters don’t ask for it’: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish SLAMS plans for Champions League expansion, but admits it is ‘probably too late’ even after argument over postponed vote in cash on them

  • Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has pushed through the Champions League reforms
  • Plans include increasing teams from 32 to 36 and secure access for major clubs
  • Widespread concerns have been raised, including the Premier League and the FA
  • Parish believes ‘clubs don’t want them, fans don’t want them and broadcasters don’t ask for them’

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has slammed UEFA’s plans to expand the Champions League, claiming ‘most clubs don’t want them, most fans don’t want them and broadcasters aren’t asking for them’.

Massive reforms to Europe’s leading club league have divided opinions on football and dramatically objected to it on Tuesday, leading to a delay in the vote to stamp them.

Plans include expanding the Champions League from 32 to 36 teams, increasing the number of matches by 100 and giving preferential access to the continent’s biggest clubs from 2024.

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has hit the Champions League expansion plans

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has hit the Champions League expansion plans

Parish says 'clubs and fans don't want them while broadcasters don't ask for them'

Parish says 'clubs and fans don't want them while broadcasters don't ask for them'

Parish says ‘clubs and fans don’t want them while broadcasters don’t ask for them’

In talks about changing the format, UEFA has received huge objections from the FA, Premier League, national associations, leagues and small and medium-sized clubs across Europe.

Parish, who has been Palace’s chairman since 2010, is among those who oppose the plans, claiming they are the ‘latest in a long line of machinations that pose a long-term threat to domestic football.’

He also criticized the powerful European Club Association (ECA), which has been deeply involved in negotiations with UEFA over the design and management of the new league.

Writing in a column in The TimesParish said: ‘I believe we should examine them (the plans) just as much as decisions made in the Premier League. Make no mistake, these are the latest in a long line of machinations that pose long-term threats to domestic football as we know it.

When we vote in the Premier League, I understand that we have a unique responsibility and duty to the game and that our decisions will be scrutinized – as it should be.

UEFA wants more teams, more matches and bigger clubs to have preferential access from 2024

UEFA wants more teams, more matches and bigger clubs to have preferential access from 2024

UEFA wants more teams, more matches and bigger clubs to have preferential access from 2024

UEFA has received strong objections from the FA, the Premier League and from all over Europe

UEFA has received strong objections from the FA, the Premier League and from all over Europe

UEFA has received strong objections from the FA, the Premier League and from all over Europe

On the other hand, there is a very real danger that these fundamental European reforms – which would irrevocably change football – could just slip through.

Let’s be clear about these proposals, most clubs don’t want them, most fans don’t want them, the broadcasters don’t ask for them.

But it is likely they will succeed because 20 members of the ECA effectively shortened the board of the game. They also know that the consequences are so small that it is probably too late by the time it wakes us up. ‘

Parish’s conviction comes a day after UEFA’s plans threatened to be derailed after European clubs objected to the proposals at the last minute.

A vote was to take place on Wednesday at an executive committee meeting, but UEFA had to go back to the negotiating table before a vote can be taken.

Although the matter will be discussed Wednesday, a decision will be postponed until the next meeting of the executive committee on April 19.

Proposals from UEFA and European competitions for the reform of the Champions League
UEFA European competitions
Increase teams from 32 to 36 Increase teams from 32 to 36
Of the four additional places point:
-Three using UEFA rankings
-one to fifth UEFA ranked country (France)
Of the four additional places point:
– three new champions of European competitions
-one to fifth UEFA ranked country (France)
Increase indoor group stage matches
a ‘Swiss model’ from 6 to 10
Increase indoor group stage matches
a Swiss model from 6 to 8
Increase match days by four Increase match days by two
Increase the total number of games by 100 Increase the total number of games by 64
No decision on revenue sharing
until after the match format
agreement
Agree the division of the income on it
the same time as the format of the
competition, including:
– Increase payments to no
participating clubs from 4% to 5%
– Earn the income between
UEFA’s European competitions

After months of discussions, UEFA tried to balance conflicting interests and wanted broad consensus at the executive committee meeting, but eventually lost faith in enforcing the vote.

The European leagues, led by the influential Lars-Christer Olsson, have led the opposition and taken the proposals hard.

They have criticized increasing the number of matches in the group stage to 10 and the allocation of four additional places in the competition.

The leagues want extra places to go to new league winners, not to be recycled among the strongest leagues and clubs.

After deciding to postpone a vote on the reformed Champions League, UEFA said in a statement: “ The future of club competitions beyond 2024 will be one of the topics discussed. However, an official decision in this regard will not be taken until the next UEFA Executive Committee meeting on April 19 to conclude the ongoing talks. ‘

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