Foot­ball - Euro­pean leagues step up threats to UEFA’s Cham­pi­ons League

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Europe’s top leagues have stepped up threats to sched­ule matches in di­rect clashes with UEFA’s Cham­pi­ons League. The Euro­pean Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball Leagues says it has ended its work­ing agree­ment with UEFA and set a March 15 dead­line to ne­go­ti­ate a new one. The cur­rent co­op­er­a­tion deal en­sures Euro­pean top-tier matches are not played on mid­week evenings pro­tected for the Cham­pi­ons League. Euro­pean league lead­ers were an­gered at be­ing left out of key talks on chang­ing Cham­pi­ons League en­tries and prize money dis­tri­bu­tion for the three sea­sons from 2018. UEFA and Euro­pean club lead­ers shaped an agree­ment an­nounced in Au­gust which squeezed mid-rank­ing leagues and fa­vored the big four in Spain, Ger­many, Eng­land and Italy. The EPFL says only Serie A op­posed a de­ci­sion yes­ter­day to end co­op­er­a­tion with UEFA.

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