Champions League: Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms

Juventus were alone in opposing the text, while Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Fiorentina, abstained.

The alternative proposal is likely to form part of a crucial summit on September 11 between clubs, leagues and UEFA and last week ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli called for patience on all sides.

Serie A says only Juventus backed the plan.

Italy joins the other big-five leagues in England, Spain, Germany and France whose members opposed the ECA plan.

This is a view shared by champions from top leagues in Greece and Switzerland, with a 40-team reform providing them with automatic progress to the group stage.

The Champions League could be about to undergo a huge change as clubs push for the tournament to be expanded.

Serie A says "any semi-closed model will endanger the value of national competitions".

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah kisses the trophy after winning the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Saturday, June 1, 2019. The top division would be made up of four groups of eight teams, with the top six in each qualifying for the following season's event irrespective of where they finish in their domestic leagues. That would guarantee clubs more revenue from UEFA for playing 14 games before the knockout rounds instead of the current six. His vision would see 24 teams guaranteed a place in the competition, regardless of their domestic performance, with just eight places up for grabs via a promotion and relegation system.

The ECA has also tabled more radical changes, with a European competition made up of 128 teams in three divisions.