Champions League proposals could see introduction of weekend matches and relegation

Champions League proposals could see introduction of weekend matches and relegation

Radical proposals to overhaul Champions League qualification and potentially play matches on weekends are set to be discussed on Tuesday at a meeting between Uefa and Europe’s top clubs.

Potential changes, which could have a major impact on the Premier League and other domestic leagues from 2024, will be raised in a “brainstorming session” at the European governing body’s HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.

One option on the table, according to the Wall Street Journal, is to replace the current qualifying structure for the tournament with a more closed system of promotion and relegation. Another proposal is reportedly to move Champions League games from their midweek slots into the weekend.

The most vocal backers are said to be teams outside England. The bottom-placed Premier League team currently earns more in prize money and from television rights than the champions of France.

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is among those on the European Club Association Board planning to attend the meeting. Uefa was unable to formally confirm the topics under discussion this week, but said in a statement sent to Telegraph Sport: “We can confirm that there will be an informal brainstorming session involving members of the Uefa Executive Committee and members of the ECA Board to discuss ideas and exchange views regarding club competitions post-2024 on Tuesday.

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