📰 Martyn Ziegler (The Times): "UEFA may axe club ranking plan for Champions League!" "Plans to award two Champions League places based on clubs’ European ranking could still be changed, with talks over the next month critical to the outcome. Sources say there is pressure from some figures within Uefa as well as the European Leagues organisation for it to be dropped or at least altered. "A year on from the collapse of the European Super League, Uefa’s decision will shape the new Champions League format which is being brought in from 2024. "The coefficient plan would allow two clubs who miss out on qualification via their domestic leagues to be given another route to the Champions League by having the highest European ranking. It would mean, for example, Manchester United finishing fifth in the Premier League or winning the FA Cup and still qualifying. "A decision will be made by Uefa’s executive committee on May 10. Uefa insiders said the plan to use rankings to award places based on a club’s Uefa coefficient — calculated by performances in Europe over the previous five seasons — is still under review. "Some at Uefa believe it would boost the value of media rights if broadcasters could be guaranteed that the biggest teams would always be involved in the Champions League. Critics regard it as a Super League coming in by the back door. "Aleksander Ceferin, Uefa’s president, raised the prospect of it being changed by saying last month he thought it would be “more places for smaller and mainly, mid-size leagues”. "However a working group of Uefa and the European Club Association discussed the plan three weeks ago and recommended an alternative where the coefficient places should be kept but “leapfrogging” should not be allowed — a team with a high ranking finishing sixth could not leapfrog one finishing fifth."
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