The UEFA Champions League’s controversial reform plans could be scrapped following the failed attempt to form a European Super League by the continent’s leading sides.
Plans to change the format of the Champions League were voted in earlier this year with the proposals including the expansion of the competition to 36 teams and the safeguarding of places for leading sides based on historical performance.
The changes – including two places for teams that finished outside of qualification positions but ranked highly in co-efficient – were set to be implemented ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, but iNews are reporting the plans could be scrapped following the Super League fall-out.
European football was rocked in April by the news that 12 clubs, including the Premier League’s ‘big six’ had formulated plans for a breakaway competition, though the Super League resulted in a debacle as sides hastily withdrew their participation following a furious backlash.
The anger towards the closed-shop aspect of the Super League has now led to a rethink over the Champions League’s reform proposals with Uefa’s Executive Committee set to meet next month ahead of a final decision.
The European Club Association was the driving force behind the reform plans but has undergone major changes since the initial proposals, with Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi having replaced Andrea Agnelli as lead of the organisation.
PSG were one of the few elite clubs, alongside Bayern Munich, to have rejected an invitation to join a European Super League.