Barcelona have joined forces with the top Premier League clubs in opposing UEFA’s new proposed Champions League revamp, fearing that European matches on weekends would ‘kill’ domestic football.
UEFA met with representatives from Europe’s major clubs in Nyon, Switzerland, on Tuesday for a brainstorming session on potential Champions League alterations following the 2024 season.
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The new ideas include replacing the current qualification process with a simpler promotion and relegation format as well as playing matches on weekends, at least from the quarter-final stage onwards.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have now aligned themselves with the Premier League clubs as they look to protect their own domestic interests.
Despite the immediate negative reception, talks still appear to be at a very early stage with a Barcelona spokesperson saying:
Resistance against the proposed Champions League changes has thus far formalised into a document of condemnation submitted to UEFA, and signed by members of the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga.
However, UEFA’s new plans are already threatening to spark an extensive and wide-ranging European football conflict as other top clubs including Juventus