The Premier League and others may have to deal with only three automatic spots in the future, says Lars-Christer Olsson
European Leagues presidentÃ‚Â Lars-Christer OlssonÃ‚Â has said he is in favour of taking away oneÃ‚Â automatic Champions League berth from the top four EuropeanÃ‚Â leagues.Ã‚Â
OlssonÃ‚Â has hit back at changes proposed by Juventus president and European Club AssociationÃ‚Â chief Andrea Agnelli, who wants to expand the Champions League.
UnderÃ‚Â Agnelli's proposal, the Champions League group stage would change from eight groups of fourÃ‚Â to six groups of six, increasing theÃ‚Â number of matches for each team from six to 10.
Agnelli is hoping to switch to aÃ‚Â Champions League model that contains promotion and relegation, putting more of an emphasis on European performance.Ã‚Â
Olsson, whoseÃ‚Â European Leagues organisation represents the interests of 36 professional leagues across 29 countries, is not in agreement withÃ‚Â Agnelli'sÃ‚Â proposal, saying it "closes the opportunities for others."Ã‚Â
The Swede has instead fixated on a three-tier model for the Champions League in whichÃ‚Â qualification is based solely on domestic performance.
Ã¢Â€ÂœGiving four fixed positions to top associations should be questioned because that closes the opportunities for others," Olsson said at the Leaders Sport Business Summit.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIt would be better to have three fixed places for the highest-ranked countries with the fourth having to qualify through a play-offs.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI think the big leagues would be fine if they are all treated in the same way. They are prepared to participate in this discussion.
"Clubs should not have an advantage because of what they have done in the past.
"Neither do I think the big leagues - England, Spain, Italy and Germany - should have four teams who go straight into the group stages because it limits the opportunities for teams from other countries."
OlssonÃ‚Â has said he is in favour of eliminatingÃ‚Â the coefficient rankings that currently determine how many places each European league receives in the Champions League.Ã‚Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe historical coefficient should be scrapped completely, absolutely," Olsson said.Ã‚Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœIt should be replaced. We need to look at financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity payments, to the smaller clubs and countries, has to increase. Up to 25 per cent of the money has to go to them.Ã¢Â€Â