He states United are in regular dialogue with ECA and UEFA over capacity changes to the Champions League from 2024.
Manchester United‘s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has rejected being included in talks over a breakaway European Premier League, however states the club are part of conversations over a broadened Champions League from 2024 onwards.
United and Liverpool were called in reports on Tuesday as being amongst the clubs in talks over the new competition, which was stated to be backed by American financial investment bank JP Morgan.
Woodward resolved the concern on a teleconference with financiers after the club released their year-end financial results.
“I saw the reports on that and candidly don’t know where that story came from, but there isn’t really anything for us to say,” he stated.
” We are engaged on a very regular basis through my role with the ECA (European Club Association) and UEFA with those 2 entities, discussing possible changes to the Champions League from 2024 onwards.
“You might have read a story about whether the Champions League may go to 36 teams. They’re the conversations that we’re actively involved in so I can’t comment on your question.”
A variety of bodies within the continental game see the reports of a breakaway as part of the typical negotiating pattern which develops when a modification in format is proposed to the Champions League.
Reports stated the competition might include as much as 18 teams, start as early as 2022 and run during the regular European season.
UEFA, and its president Aleksander Ceferin, has revealed its opposition to any recommended European Super League (Niall Carson/PA)
That would instantly produce a dispute with the Champions League, and UEFA stated it highly opposed the strategy. It went on to state that any Super League would “inevitably become boring” due to the fact that it would include the exact same teams, relatively without the jeopardy of relegation.
The Premier League declined tocomment Its clubs have actually been openly consentaneous in opposing anything which threatens the primacy of domestic football, with the competition still extremely important to broadcasters.
The league is comprehended to be open up to reforms of the European club game that are equally and extensively advantageous, and has engaged in the conversations over the future format of European club competitions through umbrella body European Leagues.
FIFA was reported as having actually backed the plans for a breakaway competition, and is independently dissatisfied that its declaration on Tuesday was not analyzed as a simple rejection of any participation.
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