Saturday night kickoffs: UEFA plans ambitious shakeup

A Saturday clash between Champions League matches and domestic club games has become the elephant in the room during continuing talks over the fraught future of European football.

The European Professional Football Leagues have already been vocal in their opposition of UEFA’s latest revamp of the Champions League. This guarantees England, Germany, Italy and Spain four spots each in the competition — leading to a closed shop.

And further down the road there is also widespread concern that UEFA — who moved the Champions League final to a Saturday in 2010 — will one day take their fixture list to the weekend to further maximise TV rights

Scottish football chief Neil Doncaster called it ‘the direction of travel’ for the 2021-24 negotiations.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus are all reportedly in favour of such a massive upheaval.

Premier League clubs are divided over the latest changes, which Manchester United’s David Gill helped devise. But there is united opposition to the Champions League affecting Saturday and Sunday match programmes.

A PL source said: ‘This is a red-line issue that we wouldn’t even contemplate

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