PARIS (AP) — French and German professional soccer clubs on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would turn the Champions League into a largely closed-off competition.
After the Bundesliga said all 36 members voted to reject the European Club Association’s reform plan, representatives from professional French clubs gathered in Paris and rejected the project with 32 votes against, and three abstentions.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA is planning to adopt similar plans to those proposed by the ECA. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are among 13 German members of the ECA, which is urging UEFA to make radical changes to the Champions League format. France has nine clubs in the powerful organization.
The ECA wants 24 of 32 Champions League teams to automatically retain their places based on a high placing in expanded eight-team groups, starting from the 2024-25 season. Currently, Champions League places can only be earned by a high finish in a domestic league or by winning the competition or the second-tier Europa League title.
Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert said Champions League changes…