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Amongst all of the furore over the Super League this week, you might have missed UEFA sneaking through sweeping new changes to the Champions League in favour of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Plans to introduce an expanded 36-team “Swiss-style system” from 2024 were approved on Monday, which would see every club playing 10 group stage games in a league format against 10 opponents.

The idea behind it was to reserve two of the four new Champions League spots for “clubs with the highest club coefficient over the last five years” that have not qualified for the Champions League but have qualified for the Europa League.

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For example, Liverpool are currently sitting in seventh and are not in the mix for either European competition, but should they finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League, they would likely be promoted into one of the new Champions League places on account of how they have performed over the last five years (the factor which dictates a club’s coefficient).

It has come under huge criticism as it does exactly what the European Super League was set to do and guarantee the top clubs remain in the top competition, whether they qualify for it or not.

Juventus chairman, the mastermind behind the European Super League, was instrumental in pushing through the new Champions League model as head of the European Club Association (ECA) but resigned after the launch of the ESL.

None of the 12 ESL clubs are in the ECA anymore, meaning the majority of the remaining members could put significant pressure on UEFA to change the rule and award the extra places to champions of smaller domestic league who would otherwise have to pre-qualify.

All 12 ESL clubs were welcomed back into the fold by UEFA president Aleksander Cerefin, despite having called the breakaway league “a spit in the face of all football lovers and society”.

“It is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake,” he said, perhaps hinting at a lack of punishment forthcoming.

“But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game. The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”

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