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Premier League teams fear Champions League changes could affect their windfall from the TV rights deal

PREM clubs fear proposed Champions League changes could hurt high-profile TV deals.

Uefa is ready to confirm this 36-team competition awards two ‘coefficient places’rewarding teams who have missed domestically but have the best euro record in the last five years.

Steve Parish believes the Champions League changes should give the big clubs what they want

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Steve Parish believes the Champions League changes should give the big clubs what they wantPhoto credit: Getty

Crystal Palace supremo Steve Parish called it “Super League through the back door”.

And his concerns are shared, with clubs arguing the new system will reinforce the Big Six’s current financial and sporting dominance – and make it harder for other clubs to catch up.

If the top 4 race dwindles, there is an added concern that broadcasters will decide that losing the “danger” element no longer warrants major broadcast deals. This could mean a drop in revenue for all 20 clubs.

Fifa’s last resort

Fifa chiefs are working on ANOTHER plan to try and prevent ‘agreed’ final results in the group stage of the 2026 World Cup.

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The move to a tournament with 48 teams and 16 groups of three in the first round raised concerns that teams facing off in the final could come to unofficial agreements to ensure both progress.

Penalty shootouts after every tied group game – in a tournament hosted by Canada, Mexico and the USA – is an idea.

Another option would be for the group winners to stay in the same city for their second round, the final 32, rather than risk having to travel up to 2,500 miles and potentially crossing THREE time zones.

The plans for the 2026 World Cup are still being made

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The plans for the 2026 World Cup are still being madeCredit: PA:Press Association

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Wembley to host “Finalissima”

Uefa’s connection with South America was formalized with the opening of a joint office in London.

Wembley will host the sold-out ‘Finalissima’ between Euro 2020 winners Italy and Copa America champions Argentina on June 1.

And plans are now underway to play an annual play-off between the Uefa Youth League winners and their South American counterparts, in front of a potentially 50,000 crowd at Uruguay’s Centenario in Montevideo.

Wembley are set to host "finalissima" between Italy and Argentina on 1

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Wembley will host the “Finalissima” between Italy and Argentina on June 1stPhoto credit: Getty

Radrizzani is said to help with Fifa streaming

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani plays a key role in this Fifa’s planned delivery of 40,000 free live games per year worldwide.

His sports media company, Eleven, will deliver FIFA+ Service to deliver the content of the new platform.

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Andrea Radrizzani's company, Eleven, will provide the Fifa+ streaming service

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Andrea Radrizzani’s company, Eleven, will provide the Fifa+ streaming servicePhoto credit: Reuters

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18321689/premier-champions-league-tv-deal-uefa-fifa/ Premier League teams fear Champions League changes could affect their windfall from the TV rights deal

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