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Champions League in USA: UEFA respond to reports of moving European games

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UEFA are preparing to make dramatic changes in the elite tournament from 2024 onwards.

UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has dismissed rumours of moving Champions League matches out of Europe.

The tournament will undergo structural changes from 2024, which will see the group stage extend into a league format.

Earlier this week, reports emerged of UEFA exploring the possibility of moving a host of group-stage clashes outside of Europe. The United States and China were reportedly the first candidates to host UCL matches.

However, Ceferin shut down the reports in a press conference on Wednesday.

 “With all due respect to the media, it is impossible to imagine what kind of news can get out there,” he stated. “We never discussed this.

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“But suddenly we can read in certain media that this will happen, although this was never mentioned. Go and ask UEFA directly.

“I would be in the know if there were any discussions about playing Champions League games outside Europe, and I do not know anything about it.”

Suggestions over moving the UCL games triggered a massive backlash from football fans in Europe. Many observers believe UEFA have backtracked from their initial plans after seeing the negative reaction.

Champions League matches will be back soon after the current international break. The standout games from the third matchday are Inter’s clash against Barcelona at San Siro and Milan’s travel to meet Chelsea.