Fifteen Serie A clubs have come out against the European Club Association's controversial plans to reform the Champions League, which are being backed by Italian giants Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday. AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Fiorentina abstained. They have done so to ward off a separate proposal to turn the competition into a largely closed affair, starting each year with four groups of eight teams.
Alternatively if UEFA don't agree to that plan, a 48-team competition could feature eight groups of six teams each, potentially producing 10 group games a season.
This will break the tradition that qualification is achieved through domestic competition.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who is also president of the ECA, last week defended plans to reform the Champions League at a Uefa congress as an attempt to save smaller clubs from "the protectionism of the big five leagues".
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England's Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 have already said they oppose the proposal.
"We don't have all the answers, nothing is set in stone and it's going to be a long process, maybe a matter of months", before it is established exactly how the various UEFA competitions will look, he said.
"We truly hope that UEFA will take our observations into consideration and will work together with the European Leagues to implement a different model that will preserve the sustainability of both national championships and European competitions".
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called a meeting on September 11 with the ECA and European Leagues group, which has fiercely opposed the clubs' core idea.