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Money united as top clubs back UEFA changes to the Champions League

The ECA General Assembly of leading European football clubs has taken place in Geneva where the clubs backed changes to the Champions and Europa Leagues, which will guarantee more money for those invo

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Money united as top clubs back UEFA changes to the Champions League

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The ECA General Assembly of leading European football clubs has taken place in Geneva where the clubs backed changes to the Champions and Europa Leagues, which will guarantee more money for those involved.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said UEFA’s previous rules proved unfair and cited the revenue streams of last season’s Champions League:“Real Madrid who, as everybody knows last year won the Champions League title, and kicking out in the semis Manchester City but at the end, Manchester City got much more money thanks to the market pool than Real Madrid as winner, and I believe that was not very fair and serious and that had been a bit corrected by UEFA.”

The ECA is particularly pleased that the top four European leagues, Spain England, Germany and Italy will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League from 2018.

The body also expects that revenue from the Champions League and Europa League will rise from €2.35bn per season to around €3bn from 2018-19, when the changes, announced by UEFA last month, come into force.