Thursday April 25 2019
Promotion & relegation in CL?

The European Club Association (ECA) has confirmed its desire for the Champions League to implement a system of promotion and relegation.

A letter was leaked by The Times on Thursday, penned by ECA chairman and Juventus President Andrea Agnelli.

The changes proposed would stray away from the current set-up of clubs qualifying through domestic Leagues.

The letter, sent out to all 232 ECA sides by Agnelli, included the following justifications:

- More European football is good for the game (for fans, for society, for cultural, sporting and financial development)

- A pyramid Pan European League System with continuity and opportunity to grow from within

- Enhancement of mobility and dynamism across the system through carefully applied promotion and relegation

- European matches with higher sporting quality and a more competitive environment at all levels

- An inclusive platform for all clubs, based on sporting meritocracy, not historical privilege

- Striving to maintain symbiosis with domestic leagues (retaining access and relevance)

- Open to all – keeping the dream alive

- Progressive and forward looking, not reactionary and preserving a sub-optimal status quo

However, the changes have come under heavy criticism as they appear to promote more games between elite clubs.

Agnelli also urged ECA members to boycott a meeting of the European Leagues group in Madrid at the start of next month.

The 43-year-old already confirmed in March that the organisation was in support of a ‘Super Champions League’.

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