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French bosses fear Champions League changes

AFP  |  Paris 

The French (LFP) fired a on Wednesday at plans to the Champions League, saying proposed changes would weaken national championships.

The league's board said in a statement it was "deeply concerned" that club finances and playing standards would suffer if plans backed by European football's governing body went through.

It called for an emergency meeting of the league to take an official stand on the controversial plans.

A revamped from 2024 would feature four groups of eight teams in the pool phase as opposed to the eight groups of four in the current format, according to

The top six teams in each group would qualify for the following year's edition regardless of where they finish in their domestic competition, according to reports.

That would mean the role of national leagues would be diminished with vulnerable to losing one automatic place in the which currently goes to the team finishing second in

Dates for the new would also clash with domestic match schedules.

"The media are not inventing this," the of Spain's La Liga, told AFP on Friday.

"The question now is how to block the road taken by and the ECA (the European Club Association) towards retaining the name of the competition but completely changing its nature."

"No-one can force the leagues to change the format against their will," he said.

More than 900 European clubs have been summoned for talks in on May 6-7 by an association representing Europe's domestic leagues.

The following day will hold talks on the project with European leagues in Nyon, the body's

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 22:25 IST