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Chelsea and the rest of the big six clubs in the Premier League have reportedly helped to foil a proposal to make revolutionary changes to the Champions League.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) have been reportedly working on a new-look Champions League format featuring 14 groups.
England’s Big Six led by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and Manchester United’s Ed Woodward helped kill off the plans at Monday’s ECA meeting of the 232 member clubs.
Buck warned the only way of playing in the proposed Champions League format would be for English clubs to pull out of the League Cup which would have potentially devastating consequences for EFL clubs — and the competition.
The Sun claims ECA bosses conceded defeat at the meeting in Geneva with a senior club chief saying: “None of the ideas on the table are acceptable.
“We all want more money and there is an acceptance that things will have to change.
“But the plans do not have any real support so they have to go away and think again.”
“There is agreement there must be change but we do not know what that will be,” the source added.
“The debate was vehement but constructive. There is no rush.”