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Premier League clubs’ Champions League decision impacting Man Utd and Man City

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Premier League clubs have rejected plans by UEFA to award Champions League places based on historical performance, something which impacts Manchester United and Man City.

In a video call, all 20 clubs considered the so-called “Swiss model” that has been proposed to be introduced after 2024 by UEFA and a number of the proposals that came along with the idea.

The Telegraph reports that many of the proposals put forward by UEFA have been rejected by clubs, with fears over how an expanded Champions League dominated by elite European clubs may take broadcast value away from English football.

With 36 teams competing in a league stage before the knockout stages, UEFA had proposed that games would be played all season long in every month, but this has been rejected by the Premier League over fears that the Champions League would become a direct competitor.

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Instead, the Premier League will request that any expanded competition’s group stage is still completed by Christmas.

Other plans that had been proposed included the idea that four clubs would qualify for the tournament on the basis of UEFA coefficient.

Out of these four, one would likely be awarded to Holland’s Eredivisie, with another reserved for France’s Ligue 1.

Yet the remaining two would be of benefit to clubs who have qualified for either the Europa League or the soon-to-be-introduced Europa Conference League, with the two clubs with the best coefficient being upgraded to the Champions League.

This has been rejected by the Premier League, though, with UEFA asked to come up with better alternatives.

Clubs are also set for discussions with the EFL over the future of the EFL Cup, with UEFA’s proposed calendar leaving no room for the 61-year-old competition.

No decision was made over the future of the competition, with the EFL likely needing to be compensated should there be any major changes to the tournament’s structure.

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