DThe controversial reform of the European Cup competitions leads to further unrest within the Bundesliga. During a meeting in Offenbach of the clubs that are members of the European Club Association ECA (currently 13), according to information from FAZ.NET a majority of the representatives have brought a withdrawal from the ECA into play, if the club association and the European Football Association Uefa would have implemented reform plans. It is feared a devaluation of the Bundesliga. In addition, the backroom policy of the ECA has been criticized, which is currently led by the president of the Italian club Juventus Turin, Andrea Agnelli. The Director of Law of FC Bayern, Michael Gerlinger, also belongs to the ECA Board.
He had previously presented the reform ideas at a league meeting of the 36 professional clubs from the first and second league. Afterwards the managing director of the German soccer league (DFL), Christian Seifert, said that all league members rejected the present reform concept completely. "This would have fatal and unacceptable consequences because it would jeopardize the existence of national leagues in the medium to long term." He therefore called on Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin (Slovenia) to moderate the further process with foresight. "In all discussions, two points are crucial: the number of games in the skeleton calendar and, above all, access to international competitions. Changes in these two posts must not jeopardize the relevance and future of national leagues in Europe, "said Seifert.
Plans with ascent and descent
So far from the plans has become public that could be implemented by the season 2024/25 in the European Cup a pyramid scheme with three leagues and promotion and relegation. In the highest, the Champions League, the 24 best of the 32 teams for the following season would be able to keep their place. Four clubs rose from the Europa League 1 (32 clubs), and only four came as qualifiers from national leagues (probably from the four currently strongest leagues). In a Europa League 2, 64 teams would play in four regional zones. Smaller clubs are hoping for a little more revenue, but above all a boost in quality.
Instead of eight groups of four, there would be four groups of eight in the Champions League, guaranteeing each participant 14 instead of six preliminary matches. That then each season only a few clubs would have to qualify at home for the international competitions, provides in leagues such as the Bundesliga for criticism, because it could lead to a loss of tension in the championship. From Uefa circles it is to be heard that after such a reform instead of the so far 3.2 billion euro could possibly be imported four billion or more in marketing revenues in the international competitions. The plans are not completed.
Bayern manager Gerlinger had opposite the F.A.Z. stated that the new system should not devalue national leagues. "The proportion of clubs that qualify for a championship for the European Cup should not be too small. I am optimistic that the German position at Uefa level can and will be asserted. "It will become apparent whether the German clubs will ultimately not have to compromise at the European level.
Video umpire in league two
At their meeting, the clubs decided on more things: the video evidence will come after the Bundesliga from the coming season in the second Bundesliga used. This was decided by the 18 clubs of the lower house on Wednesday at the general meeting. In the Bundesliga since the season 2017/18 resort to the technical aids. "All necessary measures have been taken so that the necessary technology is available at the start of the season," said DFL President Reinhard Rauball.
In the dispute over participation in additional police costs in high-risk games, the German Football League (DFL) despite the defeat at the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig not small. "We will exhaust all legal remedies. The passage to the Federal Constitutional Court is still possible, "said DFL President Reinhard Rauball. A working group was formed, which will deal in detail with the fee notices of the Hanseatic City of Bremen. In addition to the DFL and Werder Bremen, the committee also includes representatives of Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover 96, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburger SV, who were involved as guest teams in the relevant games.
. (tagsToTranslate) Michael Gerlinger (t) Christian Seifert (t) Andrea Agnelli (t) Aleksander Ceferin (t) DFL (t) UEFA (t) UEFA Europa League