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.