Premier League: Clubs to ‘vigorously defend’ domestic game amid rumours of Champions League changes


Premier League: Clubs to ‘vigorously defend’ domestic game amid rumours of Champions League changes

All 20 Premier League’s clubs have said they will ‘vigorously defend’ any plans to alter the domestic game.

UEFA recently started a consultation process for some radical changes to European club football when the current arrangements expire in 2024.

All 20 Premier league clubs do not want any changes to the domestic game

It is understood that one proposal, backed by European Clubs Association chairman and Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli, could see the current Champions League format replaced with four groups of eight teams that would play each other home and away, with qualification based on historic performance as opposed to recent domestic success.

This would effectively ring-fence the competition, and its riches, for the biggest clubs but it would also mean a lot more European games and Agnelli, and other club bosses, have made little secret of their belief that the elite should play fewer domestic games to make room in the calendar.

This would have a dramatic impact on the Premier League as it would almost certainly mean reducing the competition to 18 teams and ending the involvement of top-flight sides in the Carabao Cup.

But in a statement released after an otherwise routine Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London on Friday, the clubs have firmly rejected any such change to the Champions League’s format or qualification criteria.