German league rejects Champions League reform proposals

Berlin – The German Soccer League (DFL) and its member golf equipment have unanimously rejected proposals to reform the UEFA Champions League.

In an announcement given after its AGM on Wednesday, the DFL declared
that every one 36 +German skilled golf equipment have been towards the proposed
reforms, which might see the Champions League restructured right into a
three-tiered system from 2024 onwards.

The reforms have been initially proposed by the European Membership Affiliation
(ECA), of which 13 DFL golf equipment together with Bayern Munich and Borussia
Dortmund are additionally members.

They’ve since been thought-about by UEFA, regardless of being met with fierce criticism from Europe’s home leagues.

“The at the moment mentioned idea of the European Membership Affiliation
would have unacceptable penalties for the nationwide leagues in Europe
and may subsequently not be applied on this type,” mentioned DFL CEO
Christian Seifert.

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“We should not enable the standard nationwide leagues to turn into much less
enticing for tens of millions of individuals throughout the continent,” he mentioned.

The preliminary proposals, put ahead by the European Membership Affiliation
president Andrea Agnelli in March, envisaged a single, three-tiered
European competitors with inner promotion and relegation, successfully
making it more durable for smaller golf equipment to interrupt into European competitors.

Paperwork seen by AFP final week revealed UEFA have been engaged on related
reforms, with plans to reshape the Champions League into 4 swimming pools of
eight groups, with solely 4 of the 32 individuals qualifying by way of
their nationwide leagues.

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But Seifert mentioned the DFL have been “convinced” that UEFA president
Aleksandr Ceferin understood the significance of the home leagues, and
would present “foresight” within the reform course of.

“Any reform of the already very profitable European membership competitions
must be passable for all individuals, not just some,”
mentioned Seifert.

He warned that if the nationwide leagues have been to undergo, it could do long run harm to European soccer.

“That cannot be in the interest of UEFA,” he mentioned.

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