Statement on proposed reform of UEFA club competitions

5 Jun 2019
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Clubs unanimous in opposition to proposal by UEFA to reform club competitions from 2024

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The Premier League and our clubs today unanimously reaffirmed our strong opposition to the proposed reform of UEFA club competitions from 2024, which would alter the structure, calendar and competitiveness of league football.

We believe the proposals – particularly the suggested format and qualification criteria – would be detrimental to domestic leagues across the continent.

There was unanimous agreement that the domestic game should continue to be the priority for professional clubs, and any changes to the football calendar must respect the requirements of domestic competitions.

Critically, qualification for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League must continue to depend on current domestic performance.

The clubs have asked the Premier League to now work with UEFA, fans and other stakeholders across Europe to identify constructive proposals which improve European club competitions without harming domestic football.

Premier League clubs will represent these views at the European Club Association meeting in Malta on Thursday and Friday (6 and 7 June).

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