Fifteen Serie A clubs against proposed Champions League reform

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs have come out against the European Club Association's controversial plans to reform the Champions League, which are being backed by Italian giants Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.

This would create a vacuum that would deprive "smaller" sides such as this year's semi-finalists Ajax of a place regardless of their domestic performances.

Alternatively if UEFA don't agree to that plan, a 48-team competition could feature eight groups of six teams each, potentially producing 10 group games a season.

The ECA, whose chairman Andrea Agnelli is Juventus president, says it wants to help clubs outside the biggest five leagues by giving them more regular European matches.

Clubs from Europe's major leagues have rejected the notion of a "European Super League" where teams are guaranteed their places. Subsequently, all 20 of England's Premier League teams opposed it.

The Italian has led plans to ring-fence the participation of Europe's top clubs.

The ECA concept circulating since March calls for eight-team groups instead of four.

The ECA has proposed a competition made up of 128 teams in three divisions.

Any changes to the Champions League would be influenced by any the potential impact on TV revenues, with Uefa expected to commission a study to uncover any potential change in earnings as it aims to satisfy top clubs' demands for more high-profile games, while also providing greater access to elite competition for clubs from mid-ranking leagues.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called a meeting on September 11 with the ECA and European Leagues group, which has fiercely opposed the clubs' core idea.

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