European Leagues reject UEFA's Champions League revamp proposal

German, French leagues oppose Champions League proposals

German, French leagues oppose Champions League proposals

French and German professional soccer clubs on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would turn the Champions League into a largely closed-off competition.

The Premier League has come out against plans to expand the group stage of the tournament, with the French Football League and German Football League following suit.

Schaeffer told Reuters that leagues, clubs, fans and players needed to unite and form a "movement" to fight the proposal which, he said, goes against Uefa's own statutes and the basic, historic principles of European football.

The stark message to European football's governing body emerged from a meeting of European Leagues' board of directors in Warsaw on Thursday.

UEFA has said discussions are at a preliminary stage and has not given any further details.

The top 24 teams would keep their places for the next season, ending the tradition that qualifying for European competition is achieved via national leagues.

"French football is anxious about the current project's sporting and economic consequences on national leagues, " the league said.

"We can't allow the traditional national leagues to suffer [as they are] watched by millions across Europe".

"We need to have a movement because we have many clubs who are very critical or against the vision presented by Uefa, and we have the leagues and we also know that the fans' organisations have expressed serious concerns about such a vision", he said.

Yet Seifert said the DFL was "convinced" that Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin understood the importance of the domestic leagues, and would show "foresight" in the reform process.

"In all discussions, two points are of crucial importance: the number of games in the football calendar and, above all, access to worldwide competitions. This would. damage the whole of European football - and that can never be in the interest of the UEFA".

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the radical changes being explored to the format of continental club competitions are "partly driven by domestic leagues across Europe not necessarily thriving".

"French football is anxious about the sporting and economic consequences of the current project for the national championships", it said in a statement.

The statement read: "The European Leagues retain the strong opinion that the presented proposal for reforming the European Club Competitions benefits just a few rich and dominant clubs but damages the leagues and the great majority of clubs playing in the domestic competitions".

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