Saturday 25 January 2020

Ceferin puts meeting on long finger

Andrea Agnelli 
Andrea Agnelli 

A meeting to thrash out the future structure of the Champions League has been postponed.

The European Club Association has proposed a new format for the competition from 2024 onwards, which would make it an almost closed shop in favour of Europe's biggest clubs.

The proposals from ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli  have been fiercely opposed by European Leagues, the body that represents the interests of 900 clubs in more than 32 leagues, and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had been due to hold a meeting with the two organisations on September 11.

However, he has said the meeting will not happen until he thinks all sides are "ready for a meaningful discussion".

In a letter to Agnelli and to the head of European Leagues Lars-Christer Olsson, Ceferin wrote: "At the beginning of June I called for a joint meeting of your respective boards with the UEFA executive committee on September 11 2019 to pursue the discussions started earlier this year on the future of European club competitions.

"We are currently in the process of gathering feedback from our national associations and I feel - more generally - that a new discussion now would be premature as we are analysing feedback and proposals coming from different parties.

"I have decided to postpone the meeting of September 11.

"I will send a new invitation as soon as I think that we are ready for a meaningful discussion."

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