Napoli president De Laurentiis wants Europa League scrapped

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is no fan of the Europa League.

De Laurentiis has many plans for changing the sport, including a radical rethink of UEFA tournaments.

“The Champions League brings in money, whereas the Europa League costs clubs money. The Europa League should be abolished, as it is of no interest to the media, nor to the fans seeing as the stadiums are often half-empty.

“This competition does not bring a healthy economic return for the clubs. Instead, it just ruins the domestic campaigns because teams who play on two fronts inevitably lose something in terms of their League form.

“I think we absolutely must amplify the Champions League, maybe bringing in six or seven teams per country.

“By increasing the Champions League and cutting down the Serie A fixture list, we are doing the right thing for the fans and the sport.

“There also needs to be uniformity of the rules, as there are too many differences between Germany, Spain, France, England and Italy.”

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