The European Club Association’s recent proposal to replace the Champions League, Europe’s top soccer tournament, with a “super league” is under fire: Representatives of two powerhouses, Britain’s Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga, say it would create a closed competition that could “destroy” national leagues. The proposed system would see 24 teams automatically qualify each year, leaving just four spaces for new qualifiers and another four for the champions of Europe’s 54 domestic leagues.
What’s at stake? French President Emmanuel Macron added that a super league would be “for the benefit of the few” and leave European football — and fans — worse off.
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