Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Uefa to decide on third European club competition

Uefa to decide on third European club competition

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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.

European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli has said that Uefa are clearing the way for the return of a third club competition, two decades after the disappearance of the Cup Winners' Cup.

As it stands, 32 teams compete in the Champions League and 48 teams compete in the Europa League.

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"Increased participation by smaller and medium associations has been achieved", said Mioduski, a director at Polish club Legia Warsaw.

"These new regulations will be even more effective than the ones we had in place which delivered astonishing results, which have just been announced by UEFA", he said.

Though scant detail was given about the competition, the Juventus chairman, Agnelli, said "This would bring the overall number of clubs in European competition to 96, as of the 2021/22 season". "The current model needs modernising", he said.

All three subjects are part of FIFA-led talks to agree on a new global calendar beyond 2024 - the year when widespread changes to soccer can take effect, Agnelli has said.

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Formerly known as European Professional Football Leagues, the organisation's members include the English Football League, Premier League and Scottish Professional Football League, as well as leagues from 23 other countries.

The ECA has previously called for more clubs to be involved in European competitions and a "greater certainty of matches" for participating clubs.

Here's how football fans have been reacting to the shock announcement.

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