By Chineze Ogugua
The European Club Association has revealed that a third European club competition could be introduced alongside the Champions League and Europa League as from 2021.
At their annual general assembly held in Croatia, Andrea Agnelli who is also Juventus chairman, announced the body’s plans to organize the competition though he did not give any more details on how it would be organized.
“A detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024”… Agnelli said.
It is believed that the third competition would increase the number of clubs involved in European football from 80 to 96, which would also mean that the number of teams at the Europa League will be reduced from 48 teams to 32 so that the Champions League, Europa League and the new competition would all have the same number of competitors.
However, the organisation that represents 32 leagues across has said that it would fight the plans as it was prepared and cooked up by Uefa and the ECA without “proper engagement”.
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