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NOT ON YOUR NELLI Prem clubs push back against Juventus supremo's revamped Champions League
Amadu A Sesay|Jun. 11, 2019
PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have pushed Juventus president Andrea Agnelli onto the back foot in his bid to revamp the Champions League.
Agnelli was stung by the revolt against him - led by the nine English clubs including the Manchester duo — when he tried to explain his plan at a crunch meeting in Malta.
The idea of a ring-fenced Champions League elite from 2024 will now be quietly dropped.
While Barcelona and Real Madrid backed Agnelli, the rest of Europe’s big clubs fell into line with league bosses in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
Agnelli tried to reframe the debate, using former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to make the case for reform that would benefit Europe’s smaller nations.
He even claimed the “scepticism and fear” of the majority of clubs had been “brushed off”.
Agnelli backed away from endorsing his own plans and insisted: “Nothing is set in stone.
"We are committed to an open and honest discussion. We want a solution for all of European football, not just some countries.”
Agnelli’s European Clubs Association will now meet with Uefa and the European League umbrella group to reach a compromise deal at a summit in September.
EURO 2020 tickets go on sale today but if England go all the way you will need deep pockets.
Group game tickets at Wembley will be £45, £111 and £165 — while final tickets range from £85 to a whopping £840.
The first 1.5million seats are on offer today for the 12 stadiums being used across the continent.
Wembley hosts seven games — at least two England fixtures assuming they qualify, and both semi-finals and the final.
CARDIFF chairman Mehmet Dalman is understood to be ready to leave the Welsh club.
The former banker has been involved in the repercussions following the tragedy that claimed the life of Argentine striker Emiliano Sala .
Cardiff are locked in a dispute with Sala’s former club Nantes over the £15m transfer fee.
And Dalman, who admitted he had experienced a “traumatic year”, is now considering walking away and investing in another club.
THE planned British Isles 2030 World Cup campaign has a harder battle after Spain and Portugal confirmed talks about a joint bid.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino is already poised to change World Cup bidding rules to allow China to go for a tournament only eight years after Qatar, also in Asia, hosts in 2022.
A South American bid featuring Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay is also on the table.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has pledged to demand a solitary European bid and is likely to lean towards the British Isles proposal.
But Fifa’s new media chief, Portuguese Onofre Costa, was in charge of the joint 2018 bid by his country and Spain.
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