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Uefa announce radical changes to extended Champions League but scrap plans for Euro Super League-style qualifying

UEFA has scrapped a controversial Champions League qualification proposal after the plan appeared to favor “big clubs”.

The top flight of European club football is to be expanded from the current 32 to 36 teams from the 2024/25 season.

Uefa has scrapped a controversial 'leapfrogging' proposal from its Champions League qualification restructuring

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Uefa has scrapped a controversial ‘leapfrogging’ proposal from its Champions League qualification restructuringPhoto credit: Reuters

As part of the reorganization, Uefa had proposed reserving two of the additional four spots for clubs with recent strong records in the competition who had not qualified through the usual channels.

That means, hypothetically and based on this season’s Premier League table, Manchester United could have finished sixth and still qualified for the Champions League ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.

Uefa have now agreed that the proposed ‘leapfrogging’ is unfair and the plan should be scrapped.

However, the governing body admitted it will continue to consider using its own rankings to decide the additional spots in the competition.

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