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Thebes announces the disappearance of the leagues with the new Champions

Published:20/05/2019 - 10:17h

Updated:20/05/2019 - 10:38h

Javier Thebes, president of LaLiga Santander, is a relentless critic of the new model of Champions League that it could implant in a future no very far. Recently, it went back to alarm of the consequences of these changes

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It does some weeks, knew details about the new  Champions League. Recently, the European Association of Clubs (ECA) celebrated a General Assembly in Ámsterdam in which it approved "initiate the conversations to renew the Champions from 2024" of mouth of the president of the organisation, Andrea Agnelli.

They are not few the times that Javier Thebes, president of LaLiga Santander, has warned of the dangers that can involve the changes that can finish formulating in a future in the model of the Champions League. Being always a relentless critic of the new European idea, went back to smash into the format in Carousel.

Thebes launched warnings about the dangers of the new Champions. "What want to do is an a bit mixed model. They speak of reform, but is a radical change: a competition of 32 clubs, perhaps something more. By the road of the national competitions only would rise four, do three divisions...Like this they are loading the tournament", commented.

Especially, it is concerned by the future of the national competitions. "The studies determine that this model is the death of the national competitions. During a lot of years have structured the model of the European football, now want to happen to a model of 21 days and of 122 parties more in the model Champions and this has a big effect in the national competitions", said.

Economically, according to Thebes, also would be hurtful. "It is a radical change of what is the professional football in Europe and convictions, in five or six years, to that the leagues are of second level. Besides the economic effects are diabolical. I think that Ceferin is not in this line, but is advised by a group of executives that already negotiated him fifteen days before being investido a model with which all the leagues were against. There are a lot of people against: Italy, France, almost all the clubs, a lot of small leagues... We go to see if this subject can stop because it would be a catastrophe", sentenced.

UEFA and clubs of elite, in favour

The new model also has backrest by other parts. The UEFA agrees with the project -promoted by the clubs of elite- that would change the format of the Champions League and would implant measured to compensate the opposition of the rest of teams expanding the number of clubs with access to the European competitions. In concrete, would do two divisions for the Europe League.

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