Scudamore calls exclusive Champions League proposal “out of order”, urges support for domestic competitiveness

14 May 2019

Photo: Getty Images Richard Scudamore (on the left) is the former executive chairman of the Premier League. He stepped down in 2018 having held the position since 2014.

UEFA’s plan to turn the Champions League into a closed-off competition is “completely out of order” according to former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore.

The proposal would see the introduction of promotion and relegation, meaning 24 out of 32 group stage teams would keep their Champions League places for the following season.

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Introducing relegation and promotion and turning the Champions League into a primarily closed-off tournament is “completely out of order” and would harm domestic leagues, former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has told the BBC. 

“The ECA’s proposals under the chairmanship of Mr (Andrea) Agnelli from Juventus, from what I have seen so far, look completely out of order to me,” Scudamore said.

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