UEFA are reportedly already considering making alterations to the new format of the Champions League following the fall-out from the collapsed European Super League.
UEFA’s premier club competition appeared under huge threat this week following the announcement of a breakaway competition, leading clubs from England, Spain and Italy signing up to the formation of a European Super League.
The plans were met with widespread condemnation of greed given the closed shop aspect of the tournament, proposals including guaranteed annual entry to 15 founder clubs with just five places for sides to qualify through sporting achievement.
Each of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ swiftly withdrew their interest following an angry backlash from supporters, whilst Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan also opted out to leave the plans dead in the water just 48 hours after the announcement.
The breakaway tournament was announced despite plans to reform the Champions League in a bid to satisfy the demands of Europe’s elite, with plans formulated to increase the number of competing sides from 32 to 36.
The format changes also included the allocation of two places based on historical performance in the competition (co-efficient), a change that would have acted as a safe-guard for elite sides following a disappointing domestic campaign.
According to the Times, the anger that met the European Super League proposals and perceived threat to sporting competitiveness has now led to UEFA to reconsider their stance ‘in a further curb on the power of Europe’s elite clubs’.
New plans could include handing these places to more domestic champions with sides from nations such as the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium and Scotland potentially being handed guaranteed entry to the new format.