Javier Tebas: Champions League changes would be catastrophic

La Liga President Javier Tebas has blasted the contents of leaked documents by UEFA over changes to the Champions League.

The Spanish topflight chief claimed that UEFA were pushing European football towards a ‘Super League’ style with a new system giving greater benefit to those with more financial clout.

UEFA have so far resisted the plans for a breakaway SuperLeague and offered to change the format of the existing Champions League in order to prevent those clubs creating a rival tournament, but it has received criticism.

“(The idea) could destroy domestic competitions and the sporting and financial sustainability of the vast majority of clubs in Europe,” Tebas is cited as saying by the Financial Times.

“It is catastrophic. All European clubs, associations, football players, fans, pundits, everyone, should rise against these proposals.

“We cannot accept that these are just plans and proposals for an open discussion with stakeholders about the future of professional football.

“In reality, we were presented with a concrete project developed by UEFA in full cooperation with a small group of rich and powerful European clubs to reform European club competitions after 2024 in a format that could destroy domestic competitions and the sporting and financial sustainability of the vast majority of clubs in Europe.

“We are open for a constructive dialogue to reform European football together with other stakeholders, but if this is the project on the table, then the margins for negotiations are very limited.”

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