Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

UEFA to introduce third club competition

Marseille's French forward Valere Germain is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between AS Monaco and Olympique de Marseille Uefa to introduce third club competition alongside Champions League and Europa League
Shannon Reynolds | 12 September, 2018, 10:39

The much-rumoured plan was confirmed earlier on Tuesday by European Club Association (ECA) president Andrea Agnelli at its general assembly in Split.

The European Club Association want more big teams to be involved in European competitions.

He did not give any more details on how the tournament would be organised.

Agnelli (42), who is also president of Italian champions Juventus and sits on the UEFA Executive Committee, added that the introduction of the new competition would bring the total number of clubs competing internationally to 96 as of the 2012-22 season.

Since the Intertoto Cup was cancelled in 2008, UEFA has only run the Champions League and Europa League.

In recent weeks, UEFA has said it is "constantly reviewing" its competitions and has been "discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made".

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UEFA previously had the Intertoto Cup as a third European cub competition but it was abolished in 2008.

The organisation that represents Europe's 32 leagues has reacted angrily at the prospect of a third European club competition from the 2021/22 season.

Marseille, who lost last season's final 3-0 to Atletico, were sanctioned for crowd disturbances, acts of damage, setting off of fireworks and the throwing of objects in last season's European campaign, said UEFA.

"A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024", he said.

Agnelli also repeated his call from a year ago for a drastic overhaul of the worldwide match calendar, which is drawn up by football's governing body FIFA and allocates dates for national team games. "The current model needs modernising", he said.

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