UEFA to introduce third club competition

Annette Crawford
September 12, 2018

But with Agnelli and Arsenal boss Ivan Gazidis representing the ECA on UEFA's 17-member ExCo, it would seem the decision to reintroduce a third UEFA competition for the first time since the demise of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1999 is a done deal.

The Champions League would continue unaltered with 32 teams.

UEFA has lifted its threat to ban Marseille from European competition if there is a repeat of the violence which marred their Europa League campaign last season.

In July, UEFA's disciplinary tribunal gave the club a one-year ban from European competition, which was deferred for a probationary period of two years. Others claim the football calendar is already busy enough.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, its deputy general secretary Alberto Colombo said: "We are not happy about the process at all because this is something that has been prepared and cooked up by UEFA and the ECA without proper engagement". The admission criteria for this new competition are still to be determined along with the importance of it in comparison to the Europe League.

Previously, there were three continental competitions, with the Cup Winners' Cup taking place between sides that had won their domestic knockout prize.

European football's governing body would like to introduce a third club cup competition by 2021, but was short on details.

But concerns about diluting the Europa League's quality made the idea of a third competition more attractive, particularly if it was reserved for teams from smaller leagues.

Marseille, who lost last season's final 3-0 to Atletico, were sanctioned for crowd disturbances, acts of damage, setting off of fireworks and the throwing of objects in last season's European campaign, said UEFA.

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