Champions League: Format changes planned for 2024 set to be delayed or scrapped

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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport at Geneva
The changes to soccer are likely to be delayed or scrapped.
A Champions League containing four teams of eight clubs, as opposed to the present eight teams of four, meaning 14 matches, some of which could be played was being proposed by uefa.
The proposals came after pressure from leagues under the”big five” – England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
But after months of talks, no total consensus has been attained.
Promotion and relegation in the Europa League and the new Europa League two, a third club contest which commences in 2021, had been suggested to protect against the Champions League appearing to be a contest.
Ajax primary executive Edwin van der Sar was one of the most outspoken demanding modification, pointing out the present qualification system could have resulted in his club having no European soccer at all after August, though they came within seconds of having to last year’s Champions League last before Lucas Moura’s striking injury-time goal for Tottenham in Amsterdam.
The likelihood is that whatever executed by 2024 will be much less radical than envisaged, Though the clubs remain committed to change.
Ex-Netherlands goalkeeper Van der Sar was present in Geneva on Monday for the first day of a two-day meeting of Europe’s top nightclubs, where England’s”big six” clubs – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – were represented.
Sources have stated resolving the Ajax”issue” is relatively straightforward and could be accomplished by enabling all semi-finalists to the group phase and introducing a play-off to the fourth-placed teams at both lowest-ranking leagues who get four automatic team stage slots – currently Italy and Germany.
A much greater barrier to implementing the changes that are proposed is concern such as the Premier League, which if Uefa’s plan results in higher tv revenue for their rivals, it is going to come at the cost of their national rivals.
There’s disagreement about this, however, the view is widely held and places clubs in those competitions at loggerheads with counterparts from the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium and Scotland, amongst others, in which big-name clubs have been restricted in their capacity to advance because access to TV cash out of their own domestic competitions is strictly limited.
They sense the gap is going to wind up being so wide, unless action can be taken immediately, it will never be bridged.
Last season, the Premier League’s bottom team, Huddersfield, earned #96.6m in TV money independently. In 2018, Scottish champions Celtic’s overall income, including prize money in the Champions League, was #101.6m, with a sum which has been reduced markedly in 2019 because of their failure to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
It is the lack of consensus that led to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin cancelling the key tri-party talks (involving Uefathe championships and the clubs) that were expected to be held in Switzerland on Wednesday.
With chances being that they might not be held before the season’s conclusion, these discussions have been put back forever.
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