Berlin – The 36 professional clubs of the German Football League (DFL) "unanimously" oppose the reform projects of the Champions League, said Wednesday the DFL after its general meeting in Offenbach.
"The concept of the European Association of ECA Clubs currently under discussion would have unacceptable consequences for national leagues in Europe and should not be applied in this form", says the DFL in a statement.
Proposed by the ECA but endorsed by UEFA, the project includes a phase of pools of the Champions League comprising four groups of eight teams.
This would involve fourteen matches in the first round for each club, compared to six currently. In addition, the project envisages a semi-closed league system, with 24 out of 32 teams automatically renewed from one season to another.
The DFL is particularly concerned about the difficulty of access to the Champions League for smaller clubs.
"We must not allow national leagues rich in their tradition, which interest millions of people across the continent, to be endangered", said DFL President Christian Seifert at the end of the general assembly, bringing together the 18 elite clubs and the 18 second division.
"We are convinced", adds the DFL,"UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin recognizes the central value of the national leagues in European professional football, and will lead the ongoing process with foresight".
The leaders of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the two largest German clubs, had already declared against the reform, while hinting that they could not afford to oppose it.
A time mentioned, the idea of playing games on the weekend-the C1 has always been held in the week, apart from the final- has for its part been set aside face the deep concerns of professional leagues.