Open Letter to the Club re UEFA Competition Reform Proposals
We are all aware of the imminent decisions by UEFA on the format of their club competitions that will take effect from the 2024/25 season. Our informed understanding is that, contrary to some media reports, key decisions on the number of matches and the potential for a privileged qualification route for some clubs, very likely to include our own, remain under active discussion.
These are significant changes to a major competition that will have an impact on the match-going commitments of our supporters and compromise the principles of competitive integrity in a similar way to the ill-fated Super League. Discussions have clearly resumed in recent weeks that will determine a solution on issues of significant interest to fans, whether or not they attend matches.
We intend to ask for clarity and transparency on the club’s position on these changes through forthcoming regular engagement channels but, given the time constrained UEFA discussions, we want to put on record what the views of supporters are. To that end we want to draw your attention to:
The position statement agreed by the FSA’s Premier League Network that has unanimous support from supporter groups representing all PL clubs.https://thefsa.org.uk/news/fan-groups-say-no-to-champions-league-changes/
The results of our own supporters survey that we published and shared with you recently. It’s 20,000 responses confirmed over 80% opposition both to the extra matches and the use of historical coefficients as a means of qualificationESL/UEFA Supporters Survey Results
The principles of sporting merit, competitive integrity and the sustainability of domestic leagues, all absent from the Super League proposal, must be at the centre of this competition reform. We urge you to embrace them unequivocally in any further engagement that will influence the final decisions of the UEFA Congress in early May.
During this period, together with the Premier League Supporter Groups Network, we will also be making further representations to the Premier League, the FA and UEFA.