ZURICH – The riches from Europe's lucrative club competitions should be spread more evenly in future and any expansion must not come at the expensive of domestic leagues, the European Leagues umbrella group said on Friday.
UEFA wants to revamp its club competitions from 2024 onwards and is currently working with the European Club Association on possible formats.
An initial proposal was for a three-tier pan European league with promotion and relegation between the divisions, according to league officials who have seen it.
The top tier would be the new version of the Champions League but 24 of the 32 teams would keep their places for the following season, breaking the tradition that qualification is achieved through performance in domestic competition and prompting opposition from Europe's domestic leagues.
On Friday, the European Leagues group said that any redesigning of European competition should be based on three principles: protection of domestic leagues, increased participation and fairer financial distribution.