Premier League clubs at the annual shareholders’ meeting in Harrogate today reaffirmed their strong opposition to proposed reforms of UEFA club competitions.
Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom and deputy chairman Paul Barber were among representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs, who agreed that the suggested new format, which would alter the structure, calendar and competitiveness of league football, would be detrimental to domestic leagues across Europe.
There was unanimous agreement that the domestic game should continue to be the priority for professional clubs, and any changes to the football calendar must respect the requirements of domestic competitions.
In addition, it was also felt that qualification for the Champions League and the Europa League must continue to depend on current domestic performance.
The clubs have asked the Premier League to now work with UEFA, supporters and other stakeholders across the continent to identify constructive proposals which would improve European club competitions without harming domestic football.
Premier League clubs will represent these views at the European Club Association meeting in Malta on Thursday and Friday.