Friday June 7 2019
Agnelli slams Serie A

Juventus and European clubs chief Andrea Agnelli has accused Serie A of ‘protectionism’ after it threw out his plans for Champions League reform.

The European Club Association (ECA) wants the Champions League and Europa League to be replaced with a three-tier League, which includes promotion and relegation as opposed to qualification through the domestic route.

However, Serie A has joined forces with the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in voicing its opposition to the ECA’s proposals.

“What has been really disappointing so far has been the whole conversation has been driven by representatives of the big five Leagues,” Agnelli said at a Press conference.

“I see it as a protectionism of the big five Leagues vis-a-vis the rest of European football.

“I can give you an answer as a member of a big five Leagues, because I play in one of them.

“And I can give you an answer as chairman of the ECA. My answers will vary... depending on which hat I put on in giving you the answer.

“The hat I care the most about [today] is the hat of the European Club Association chairman.

“It is important that we, in a united way, concur in finding solutions for the good of European football.

“If we want to find solutions for the good of European football we must take a step back and a step above, and try to see things from a different level.

“We should try to put ourselves in the shoes of each other and understand what is the best solution going forward.”

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