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Major changes to Champions League format discussed

Uefa and the European Club Association will meet shortly to discuss potential changes to the Champions League, with weekend fixtures and a promotion/relegation system among the proposals, reports SportBusiness.

Moving games to weekends, allowing fixtures to be played in different time slots and hopefully capture a bigger global television audience, has long been rumoured, and will be discussed at the meeting, described by Juventus chairman and executive member of the ECA Andrea Agnelli as a "brainstorming session".

A potentially bigger change could come in the form of revisions to the qualifying structure, with some clubs said to be pushing for a more closed system of promotion and relegation. This would offer elite clubs a greater guarantee of receiving Champions League revenue year after year, while avoiding the entirely closed system of the proposed Super League.

The biggest proponents of the changes are said to come from outside England, whose Premier League already offers major financial rewards to all its clubs.

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