The Premier League Network believes the CL reform put forward by the UEFA is similar to the proposed European Super League last year. The premier club competition is set to be reformed from the 2024-25 season with UEFA expected to finalize the format when they meet in Vienna on May 10. The supporters have criticized the move to allow two teams to qualify for the competition based on their historical performances rather than their placing in the league.
“We are united in opposition to proposals to reform the Champions League that is a back door attempt at a return to the discredited idea of a European Super League,” the Premier League Network said about the proposed CL reforms. “Last year, it was our supporter groups that united to force the collapse of the European Super League. At the time, UEFA told us that fans were the heart of the game and promised fans’ views would be center stage in deciding what came next.”
“It is with great dismay that we now face the prospect of changes to the Champions League that will mean many more group games being played and entry for some clubs being based on a historical five-year ‘UEFA Club Co efficient’,” the statement added. “These proposals will only widen the gap between rich clubs and the rest, at the same time wrecking domestic league calendars, with the expectation that fans sacrifice yet more time and money attending meaningless group games. Fans do not want even more European games, especially drawn-out group stages of 10 games and an extra knockout round. It is irresponsible and out of touch to even consider doubling the number of home games that fans will have to attend before the last 16 knockout round begins. This will be compounded by the cost of living crisis that is hitting Europe.”