'Green light' given for third Uefa club competition

Aubrey Yates
September 11, 2018

The Ligue 1 club had been given a ban from playing in the next European competition for which they qualified, deferred for two years, after they were found guilty of breaching UEFA rules in four Europa League matches last season.

A third UEFA club competition is set to be introduced from the 2021-22 season.

Speaking at the European Club Association's biannual general meeting on Tuesday, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli discussed the idea of a third European competition.

According to Sportbild, UEFA hope the new format will increase the quality and attractiveness of the Europa League for television viewers, sponsors and supporters, while also offering clubs from smaller nations the chance to compete in Europe.

Change is being driven in part because of clubs from an elite group of wealthy leagues dominating UEFA club competitions.

"A detailed assessment of the existing global match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024", Agnelli added.

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The launch of a European Super League has always been mooted, but it is claimed the new competition will instead be aimed at teams from the continent's weaker nations. Even the second-tier Europa League has been won only by Spanish or English clubs for the past seven seasons.

Details on how the new UEFA competition will work remain uncertain but it will not be a straight replacement for the Cup Winners' Cup, which was discontinued in 1999.

"It is nearly obvious that a third competition will be added".

The European Cup was the original and most prestigious event, starting in 1955.

As it stands, 32 teams compete in the Champions League and 48 teams compete in the Europa League. It is unclear which days a third competition would get.

Back then, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said proposals were "just discussions".

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