Date: 8th May 2019 at 6:50am
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As the super rich clubs drive for more and more control over the money being generated by the Champions League the ECA (European Club Association) has been virtually powerless as it negotiates with UEFA, virtually nodding the reforms through.

Maintaining a couple of group places through the Champions Route seems to be the extent of the ECA ambitions while supporters become more and more disillusioned at one sided mates with the prize money generally going towards the same elite clubs.

Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich have been left on the outside of the latter stages of this season’s competition but while fans marvel at Ajax and measure the success of Spurs it seems that the mega clubs are planning another power grab.

Creating an elite by setting up four groups of eight teams with the top six automatically qualifying for the tournament the following season is one idea being put forward with the prospect of weekend matches also on the agenda.

Domestic leagues are already losing out by being unable to show live matches on television in opposition to Champions League fixtures with the move to weekend games a massive threat to the domestic game.

While the talking goes on Celtic face four rounds of qualifiers starting on July 9/10 to reach the group phase of the Champions League which is likely to add a minimum of £30m to turnover.

UEFA’s Executive Committee meet today to advance plans for Champions League reform for the 2021-2024 cycle.