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According to Daily Mail, new Champions League proposals could see the Premier League lose one of its four automatic Champions League places and also guaranteed payments totalling £89m.
The four Premier League clubs in this season’s Champions League (Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham) are guaranteed payments totalling £89m as a result of UEFA’s ‘historical ranking’ distribution mechanism, with Chelsea getting the most at £27.9m on the basis of our recent track record in the competition.
The European Leagues Association wants to abolish payments based on the clubs’ historical success and want the payments to be based on current performance.
According to Daily Mail, almost a third of UEFA’s £1.75billion prize fund for this season is based on clubs’ ‘co-efficient ranking’ over the previous 10 years, with Chelsea currently fifth and European champions Liverpool down in 10th.
President of European Leagues Lars-Christer Olsson said, according to Daily Mail: “We are saying we should look into the financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity has to increase.
“20 to 25 per cent of the money has to go to solidarity payments. The historical coefficient would be a good place to look for money.
“The big leagues are prepared to participate in this discussion for something new if they are treated the same. But if you are giving four positions to the Premier League and taking one away from the Bundesliga then you have a problem.”