Premier League issue statement regarding proposed Champions League format changes

The Premier League have issued a statement detailing their opposition to proposed changes regarding the format of the Champions League.

Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Juventus and head of the European Club Association, is pushing a proposal which would essentially ‘safeguard’ Europe’s top clubs.

The proposal would restrict the number of new entrants to each season’s competition, with the top 24 side’s from the previous year automatically qualifying for the next season’s edition.

Only eight new teams would be permitted entrance each season under the new proposal, whilst the current structure of eight groups of four teams being changed to four groups of eight.

Changes would not be enforced until the 2024/25 season, though the Premier League revealed it was against the changes in a released statement.

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“All 20 Premier League clubs today discussed their significant concerns regarding reported proposals for changing the format and qualification criteria of UEFA club competitions from season 2024/25,” the Premier League statement reads.

“All clubs unanimously agreed it is inappropriate for European football bodies to create plans that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game and will work together to protect the Premier League.

“In England, football plays an important role in our culture and everyday life.

“Millions of fans attend matches across the country, with allegiances and local rivalries often passed down through generations.

“We have a fantastic combination of competitive football and committed fans that we will vigorously defend.

“The structures of domestic football are determined by leagues and their respective national associations.

“We will now work with The FA and other leagues to ensure that European football bodies understand the importance of this, and their obligation to maintain the health and sustainability of domestic league football.”