Friday, 2 June 2017

Champions League: UEFA explains why matches will not be moved to weekends

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UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has insisted that Champions League knockout matches, will not be played on weekends.

There have been speculations that from 2021, the quarter-final stage of the competition onwards could be switched to weekends. The current format sees only the final played on a Saturday, while the
other games are played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

That could put UEFA on a collision course with the Premier League, although the fixture congestion created could be eased by the Champions League losing its round-of-16 stage, which is played across four weeks.

Ceferin told reporters after a UEFA executive committee meeting in Cardiff on Thursday: “We are not discussing playing Champions League matches for weekends.

“He [Richard Scudamore] is very productive and very positive. He is, for sure, one of those pushing that side to come closer to UEFA, and I am the one pushing UEFA’s side to come close to the EPL.”

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