Controversial Champions League revamp summit set for May
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Controversial Champions League revamp summit set for May

The UEFA Champions League trophy.

The UEFA Champions League trophy.

A meeting in which UEFA and Europe's football leagues are expected to discuss controversial reforms to the Champions League will be held on May 8, multiple sources told AFP on Wednesday.

The meeting will bring together UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and his counterpart from the European Leagues organisation Lars-Christer Olsson to either UEFA headquarters in Nyon or Geneva to discuss a range of radical changes to the continent's top football competition, the sources said.

One source told AFP that "the aim is to discuss Champions League reforms developed by the European Clubs Association (ECA)".

Those reforms reportedly include the introduction of weekend fixtures, two groups of eight instead of the current eight groups of four, and a tiered system with relegation and promotion, ideas blasted last month by the vice-president of the German Football League Peter Peters.

A UEFA spokesman confirmed to AFP that European football's governing body "will meet league representatives in the coming weeks", but didn't say what they would discuss.

Another source said there were "no concrete projects yet, only ideas that come from discussions between UEFA and the ECA".

The wide-ranging proposals were reportedly tabled by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli during a meeting held on March 19 between UEFA and ECA, which represents Europe's major clubs and is chaired by Agnelli.

Alberto Colombo, spokesperson for European Leagues which represents domestic competitions across the continent, told AFP that the body "absolutely want(s) to protect our weekend games and our leagues".

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