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Plan To Ditch Europa League & Expand Champions League

8 years ago

In an interview with French newspaper ‘Ouest France’ UEFA President, Michel Platini, has admitted that UEFA are considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of an expanded Champions League.

The changes would mean the Champions League expanding from 32 to 64 teams and the number of English clubs increasing to seven.

In the interview Platini said;

“We’re discussing it. we will make a decision in 2014, nothing is decided yet”.

If the proposals are carried through then it would see changes from 2015 with Platini confirming;

“There is an ongoing debate to determine what form the European competitions will have between 2015 and 2018”.

As always money will be the driving force and with the Europa League struggling to generate significant money, it is no surprise UEFA are looking to make changes.

Whether it would mean a better future for European football is open to doubt and what the ‘bigger’ clubs will make of it will be interesting.

In purely practical terms for Newcastle United, the massive new domestic TV contracts are due to hugely increase the money clubs like Newcastle will receive, so long as they stay in the Premier league.

In addition though, if the expanded Champions League comes into being then finishing in that top seven is another huge carrot for clubs like United, last season’s campaign gave us every encouragement that it would be possible for NUFC to establish themselves near the top again.

This season is proving a whole different ball game and we wait to see how Mike Ashley responds and whether he gives Alan Pardew the extra players he undoubtedly needs.


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