Uefa Consider Scrapping Europa League
28 November 2012
Uefa president Michel Platini says the European football authority is set to debate the continued existence of the Europa League.
The proposal on the table is to scrap the Europa League, and extend the Champions League into a 64-team competition.
Since the Uefa Cup was changed into the Europa League it has been regarded as the red-headed stepchild of the Champions League.
Big teams find competing in the early rounds of the cumbersome competition frustrating and embarrassing, and often field weakened line-ups, unless they reach the last-four or final.
As a result, Platini has admitted to Ouest France that a change could be on the cards on the cards.
"There is a debate to determine what form the European competitions will have between 2015 and 2018,” he said.
"We are discussing it, we will make a decision in 2014. There is nothing decided yet."
Platini also said that Uefa would open the discussion around the merits of using video technology to adjudicate close offside decisions.
"This is a complicated thing for which we might, and I say might, need video – it's offside,” he said.
“Because it is very difficult for the referees to rule on that."
Should the Europa League be merged into a larger Champions League, or will that take the gloss off the world's premier club competition?