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UEFA under pressure to scrap or alter controversial element of Champions League reform

UEFA are under pressure to scrap controversial plans to award two Champions League places to teams based on historical performance.

UEFA are discussing plans to overhaul their leading club competition following the threat of the failed European Super League project, with the latest proposals including wildcard entrants based on coefficient rankings.

 

Under the proposals, two additional places would be handed out to teams based on their coefficient ranking, a system which judges sides based on historical performance in European competition over a five-year period.

Teams who miss out on qualification, but have the highest co-efficient ranking, would secure entry into the Champions League but the Times are reporting that the plan is under review and UEFA are coming under increasing pressure to abandon the changes.

Those against the proposals believe it is anti-competitive to have a safe-guard for leading sides who have disappointing seasons, whilst those in favour believe it could improve the value of media rights.

A decision is expected to be made by Uefa’s executive committee on May 10 with the plans scheduled to come into place from 2024.

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