The European Leagues, the umbrella organisation which represents football clubs across Europe, has called on governing body Uefa to more equally distribute the revenue from its competitions, in a report seen by the Reuters news agency.
While 80 teams in total qualify for the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, over 600 top-tier clubs do not qualify to play in European competition. The European Leagues report alleges that the gap between the elites and the rest is “financially unsustainable” and urges Uefa to end practices which consolidate wealth at the top, including rewards given for past participation in European competition, which creates a “snowball effect” and perpetuates dominance.
The European Leagues also wants Uefa to increase its “solidarity payments” to the clubs which do not play in its competitions. Currently, 7.3 per cent of revenues from the Champions League and Europa League are split between the remaining 600 teams, down from 8.5 per cent in the previous cycle, from 2015-2018.
The calls are likely to fall on deaf ears. The increase in payments based on past performance, and the reduction in solidarity payments, were both intended as a salve to the continent’s elite clubs, amid rumours that they were planning a breakaway league. While Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin has professed his commitment to improving competitive balance in European football, he is also aware that the top teams are responsible for a major proportion of the revenue generated by Uefa club competitions.
The European Leagues has previously spoken out against the ‘European Super League’ concept.