The controversial new 36-team Champions League format from 2024 is due to be approved by the UEFA executive committee on Monday.
A decision initially expected on March 31 was delayed due to the fact that some clubs in the Association of European Clubs (ECA) sought to have more say on commercial matters for the new competition.
The meetings of the ECA board of directors and the UEFA club competitions committee on Friday appear to have paved the way for the approval of the new format. It is understood that the differences that led to the first delay have been set aside rather than resolved.
The expanded ‘Swiss-style’ format is a source of concern for the Premier League and many other European national competitions, while on Friday morning fan groups wrote an open letter to ECA President Andrea Agnelli criticizing him. .
Arsenal and Manchester United fan groups have accused their own clubs of being involved in a “blatant takeover” over the Champions League reform plans.
The open letter to Agnelli, signed by 17 fan groups from 14 clubs represented on the ECA board, said: “Your plans to restructure the Champions League by increasing the number of matches, by introducing a qualification based on past achievements and monopolizing the publicity rights pose a serious threat to the whole game. “
European football’s governing body will also make a final decision on Euro 2020 host venues, with Bilbao, Dublin and Munich being the three cities that have yet to be confirmed of the top 12.