European leagues agree to a new cooperation deal with UEFA

The previous deal ended in March amid leagues criticizing UEFA's changes to the 2018-21 Champions League seasons, favoring clubs in Europe's four wealthiest and strongest soccer countries. European leagues now will not schedule midweek games head-to-head with the Champions League next season.

By: AP | Geneva | Published:June 6, 2017 8:35 pm
European Professional Leagues, Lars-Christer Olsson, UEFA, Champions League, sports news, football news European Professional Football Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson says the cooperation deal is being finalized. (Source: Reuters)

Europe’s top soccer leagues say they will renew a working agreement with UEFA that avoids clashes between domestic and Champions League games. European Professional Football Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson says the cooperation deal is being finalized, and UEFA should ratify it in September.

The previous deal ended in March amid leagues criticizing UEFA’s changes to the 2018-21 Champions League seasons, favoring clubs in Europe’s four wealthiest and strongest soccer countries.

European leagues now will not schedule midweek games head-to-head with the Champions League next season. The deal also makes it tougher for clubs to push for regular Champions League games on Saturdays from 2021.

Olsson says, “if there is no (leagues’) agreement, there will be no changes.” The working deal runs through May 2022.

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