Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

European clubs told that a third UEFA competition has been approved

European clubs told that a third UEFA competition has been approved

Agnelli also hinted at the ECA General Assembly that further changes to the worldwide calendar are being considered, despite the launch of the Nations League.

The Cup Winners' Cup - for domestic cup champions - was scrapped in 1999.

But instead of that they will now have to play their first home game of this season's Europa League group stage, against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 20, in an empty Stade Velodrome.

As Agnelli said during the general assembly of the European Clubs Association: "This would bring the overall number of clubs in European competition to 96." . The winners of all 32 UEFA member bodies' domestic cup competitions entered the tournament.

UEFA has made little secret of the fact it has been looking at ways to raise the Europa League's profile while also giving more clubs a shot at European competition, and therefore its growing financial benefits.

It said various ideas would be discussed "before any decision on potential changes would be made".

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The new competition would exist alongside the Champions League and Europa League and would bring the number of clubs in European football to 96.

Marseille, who lost last season's final 3-0 to Atletico, were sanctioned for crowd disturbances, acts of damage, setting off of fireworks and the throwing of objects in last season's European campaign, said UEFA.

"The current model needs modernising", Agnelli said.

Agnelli, also the president of Serie A champions Juventus, called for "more worldwide [European] games and less domestic" matches earlier this year.

Agnelli, who is also chairman of Italian champions Juventus, said: "A detailed assessment of the existing worldwide match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024".

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