UEFA will not move forward with an idea that would have allowed certain historically famous clubs – such as Liverpool – to enter the Champions League regardless of their league position.
According to ESPN‘s sources, starting in the 2018/19 season, Europe’s top four leagues will each send four sides directly to the group stage, and will thus represent 50 percent of the 32 teams.
Spain, Germany, England, and Italy are currently the top four leagues. France are fifth and Russia are sixth.
Clubs had made the demands for “historical entry” and even threatened a boycott if demands were not met – but the governing body held firm.
The clubs also wanted to be allowed to play some European games at the weekend to boost TV audiences. At the moment, there is no news about those demands.
The agreement will last until 2021 and means the much-vaunted ‘European Super League’ will continue to be a theory rather than a threat.
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