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#1 Posted by Dogcat250 5 months 6 days ago
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UEFAs proposed changes to the make-up of the Champions League could irreversibly damage Scottish football and other leagues across the continent, according to Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster. The Champions League is set for an overhaul from 2018, with the top four divisions given four automatic qualifying berths to the group stages, with the move coming about to placate any talk of Europes biggest clubs forming a breakaway competition.The decision, which is yet to be fully ratified, could see the Scottish champions miss out on qualification to what Doncaster claimed would become a closed shop Champions League competition. The threat is very real, very significant, he said at the Leaders 2016 conference held at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.We are only talking about the cycle of 2018-21 but the direction of travel that UEFA have embarked upon is a very dangerous route. UEFAs proposed Champions League changes are set to favour the big leagues It threatens the very future of very top-level football and it is vital that a line is drawn in the sand now and the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues) take the firm stand that is required and start the pulling back of the very damning proposals.It is important to be a domestic champion club, that is the same across Europe, it is about access to the top-tier of European competitive football with the other champions of European football. Remove that and you fundamentally remove what is important about being a champion in a domestic contest. You would damage irreversibly the mid-level domestic leagues.You would see interest in all the leagues that are excluded inevitably declining and that would damage the game.Asked about the proposed changes, Doncaster added: I have been in the game 20 years, I have never seen the game in Europe as united against a set of proposals. It is unique that you have representatives of the small, large and medium-sized leagues against damaging proposals from UEFA. Toni Kroos in action for Real Madrid during a Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund The closed-shop is the direction of travel a number in Europe would like to see and it is outrageous that UEFA can preside over a situation where that is the direction of travel.The fear is that we end up with a closed-league situation. I was at the Celtic v Manchester City game last week, probably one of the best group games and a fantastic spectacle enjoyed by many across the world.You remove that romance and it is all about money and that is to the detriment of the game, not just in Scottish football but across the world.While the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A are all set to benefit from the new proposals, Lars-Christer Olsson - the chairman of EPFL - has claimed UEFA have broken their memorandum of understanding with the EPFL by not consulting them over the planned changes. SPFL chief Neil Doncaster (left) fears a negative impact for the Scottish game That has led to a threat from the EPFL to renege on the memorandum and allow their member associations to schedule domestic fixtures that clash with Champions League and Europa League matches. The EPFL will reconvene on 21 October to decide on their next move. The current agreement means, for example, the Premier League could not go head-to-head with the Champions League by arranging a league game for the same kick-off time as a round of European fixtures.Last year, Arsenals FA Cup fifth-round replay at Hull kicked off at 19.00 only after a compromise with UEFA was found as the tie was played in a week in the European calendar. The EPFL are keen to see the Champions League continue to be inclusive for smaller nations But member associations of the EPFL would be free to organise matches at any time if Olsson sees through his threat to alter the current agreement, something he has said could happen if UEFA do not return to the table to discuss the Champions League changes.This is why we are reacting as we are now, they (UEFA) are setting all the conditions for a private, closed league in the future, he said.Theoretically it is a free market, so if a number of clubs would like to set up their own competition they can do that. I dont think they will because domestic competitions are much more important.In my opinion UEFA has forced EPFL to act because UEFA has broken the agreement, we were not at all consulted. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The process has not only been wrong, it has been slow. We have to come to a conclusion fairly soon for the best solution for European football and that can only be made by talking to each other.Olsson did say there would be no instances of a team in the Champions League being made to choose between playing in the continental competition or fulfilling a domestic fixture.You have to remember that we are a union of clubs representing the clubs in Europes competitions, he added.We would not create problems for our own clubs because that would not be sensible. We are reasonably well-educated.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. 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It is at least a team the firm know well. Not only did Renault previously own the team between 2000 and 2009 but they were also engine suppliers between 1995 and 2014 for the team during its various guises as Benetton, Renault and Lotus. That familiarity should accelerate the process of transition in 2016.This integration is not just measured in track performance, its measured by how you optimise the resources available. Its not an exercise in winning at all costs ; its an exercise in winning in a controlled manner, said chief technical officer Bob Bell. Renault felt they didnt get enough recognition for their contribution to Red Bulls dominance of F1 at the turn of the decade. Having had their reputation dragged through the mud over the past two seasons in a public war of words with Red Bull over power unit performance, they could have been forgiven for walking away from the sport.However, the board should be commended for wanting to prove they can compete at the highest level. Asked what the goals were for the season ahead Bell said: Merging the two operations towards becoming one entity, more than they have ever been before.There will undoubtedly be troubles in this year, though, given the lateness of the deal. Lotus ran Mercedes engines in 2015 and were contracted to the German marque for 2016. The car design is likely to be compromised by the late switch of engine to accommodate the Renault unit.But that will be the least of the teams worries if the power unit continues to lag a long way behind Ferrari and Mercedes. The team at the engine base in Viry-Chatillon must make giant strides for Renaults investment to make sense. Quite what impact Mario Illien has - and the deal for Red Bull to run TAG-Heuer branded Renault unit have - remains to be seen.The power unit guys have done a fairly decent job over the winter, Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports during testing. I think what we are hopeful of is further dowwn the line into the season when hopefully that power unit develops what it is saying it should do.dddddddddddd Then we should be able to start competing with some of the teams ahead of us.In an ideal world for Red Bull they wouldnt have had Renault engines in 2016 due to the units performance and that can only be regarded as an embarrassment for a firm which pushed hard for the new regulations. Big steps are needed this year or there is the very real possibility of the works team receiving a sole supply by default rather than choice.Renaults own form in testing was mixed. While the opening two days of
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