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UEFA President Michel Platini says the football body could consider scrapping the Europa League and expanding the more popular Champions League.
Platini tells French daily Ouest-France that UEFA is having an ''ongoing debate'' about possible changes to its competitions for the 2015-18 cycle of broadcasting contracts.
Platini says ''we're discussing it. We will make a decision in 2014.''
The Europa League earns one-sixth of the Champions League's ?1.34 billion ($1.73 billion) annual revenue, which is mostly shared by 32 clubs which reach the group stage.
The Europa League's longer and more complicated format has also proved unpopular with some clubs and fans.
However, scrapping it in favor of a 64-team Champions League would likely be opposed by European Club Association members whom UEFA is obliged to consult on competition changes.
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UEFA Proposes 64-Team Champions League – Good Idea or Bad? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
UEFA is proposing to scrap the current Europa League format and create a larger Champions League which would see 64 teams taking part.
The Europa League has been criticised in recent weeks for its value and UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed that the governing body of European...
A proposal to abolish the Europa League and double the size of the Champions League to 64 clubs is among a number of changes to European competitions being considered by UEFA.
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