UEFA “could be forced to change its revamped” Swiss-style “Champions League format amid the fallout from the European Super League, as the chefs reconsider seat allocation based on historical performance”
- UEFA may be forced to make changes to the revamped Champions League
- Football was rocked by controversial plans for a new European Super League
- The leading group refused to place clubs on the basis of sporting merits on the field
- The Champions League format allocates seats for historical performances
- Chiefs may be forced to reconsider given the backlash from the Super League
UEFA could be forced to make changes to their revamped Champions League format, scraping seat awards based on historical performance as the fallout from the failed European Super League continues, The Guardian reports.
President Aleksander Ceferin had threatened to ban the 12 breakaway clubs from their league following their seismic announcement on Sunday that threatened to change the football landscape forever.
With the majority of those clubs withdrawing from the Super League, such bans are unlikely to be imposed, but the UEFA chiefs may be forced to reconsider their own new format, which was approved on Monday.
The renewed league would increase the number of participating clubs from 32 to 36, with two of the four additional clubs being reserved for ‘clubs with the highest club coefficient in the last five years’ that have not qualified through the league, but have made themselves known. qualified for the Europa League or Europa Conference League.
UEFA may be forced to rethink their revamped Champions League format during the ESL
Aleksander Ceferin has made a case for the Swiss format that was approved on Monday
In essence, that would protect clubs from Europe’s top five leagues that have consistently qualified for the league but went through a bad season, ensuring their place in the tournament, regardless of performance.
Much of the anger with the European Super League has been centered on its failure to award clubs based on merit and cut the way for promotion and relegation – turning the league into a ‘closed shop’.
And The Guardian reports that while UEFA has not indicated that they will make changes to the new format, there could be changes that would reward seats for champions of smaller domestic leagues who would otherwise be made to compete in pre-qualifying rounds.
However, the backlash around the ‘closed shop’ Super League may force changes
The revamped format would hand over places to teams based on historical performances
Further decisions on such things as rebalancing the admission list, match dates, seeding system, format for the finals, coefficients and financial breakdown will be made by the end of the year and possible adjustments to the format approved today are still open. be made as needed, ” read UEFA’s statement on the announcement of the new proposals on Monday.
Ceferin had labeled the escape clubs ‘the dirty dozen’ and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli a ‘snake’ and Man United chief Ed Woodward a ‘liar’ on Monday.
On Tuesday, the UEFA president extended an olive branch to the 12 clubs and insisted that they would be welcomed again if they retired from the Super League.
Manchester City were the first club to officially confirm their intention to leave, followed by Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Atletico Madrid also withdrew from the competition, shredding the competition just 72 hours after the announcement.
The Guardian reports that UEFA could change that new rule before the end of the year