Champions League group phase and knockout matches could soon be played on weekends, as the hierarchy at UEFA continue to try and eek every possible way of making money out of their premier competition.
Played amongst European football’s best 32 clubs every season, the Champions League is easily the most prestigious tournament in football, and is regarded by many as probably more difficult to win than the World Cup.
The European Cup, and early seasons of the newly re-branded Champions League, used to play its fixtures exclusively on a Wednesday night, but Tuesday night is now a match-day and the final of the competition is now played on a Saturday evening.
And according to Dugout founder and Chairman Elliot Richardson, there could be a few more intriguing changes afoot:
There is a lot happening in the football world right now. I hear from very good sources that CL will be moving to weekends. Domestic games on those weeks will move to mid-week. Means split kick off times and brings in Asia and Americas audiences. Changes domestic rights packages.
— Elliot Richardson (@ElliotR1971) January 9, 2019
But moving it to weekends, in a huge overhaul of the tournament everyone loves, would inevitably be the most drastic change and, personally, we can’t see it going down well.
What do you think of the rumoured suggestions?