A controversial new Champions League arrangement has been introduced by UEFA.
Spanish publication Marca has written details on the overhaul to the competition that could be begun in 2024.
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They state that relegation would become a feature of the new 32-team tournament as an expanded version of what currently takes place as clubs drop out into the Europa League.
These 32 teams would be split into four groups of eight, giving 14 matchdays at the group stage.
The top four teams from each group would qualify for the last 16. While the bottom team from each group would be automatically relegated to the Europa League.
The sixth and seventh team from each group would then take part in a play-off to evade relegation.
These plans will be presented by UEFA in August at a meeting Monaco as they look to overcome strong opposition towards the proposals.
The Premier League have come against the plans while La Liga are also thought to be against except for Barcelona and Real Madrid who are reportedly in favour.
The Premier League statement said: “The Premier League and our clubs today unanimously reaffirmed our strong opposition to the proposed reform of UEFA club competitions from 2024, which would alter the structure, calendar and competitiveness of league football.
“We believe the proposals – particularly the suggested format and qualification criteria – would be detrimental to domestic leagues across the continent.”
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