Interview: Leagues body fights its corner to protect "heart and soul" of European football

16 October 2019

Claus Thomsen
Photo: Getty Images "We are against the first [UEFA/ECA] proposal. I think we are at a turning point - either we have a big opportunity or a big threat," says ClausThomsen, the European Leagues' vice president, in an exclusive interview with offthepitch.com about the future structure in European football.

The European Leagues' vice president, Claus Thomsen, tells offthepitch.com that UEFA and European Club Association proposals for reform would create a closed franchise.

Claus Thomsen calls for UEFA and ECA to listen to the leagues' proposals and act quickly to address revenue distribution for the 2021-24 cycle.

The European Leagues' vice president, Claus Thomsen, has slated proposals to reform European football, claiming "a closed franchise" would hurt domestic competitions.

"We are against the first [UEFA/ECA] proposal. I think we are at a turning point - either we have a big opportunity or a big threat," Thomsen tells offthepitch.com in an exclusive interview.

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