A majority of European clubs is in favour of the Europa League winners or finalists gaining entry into the Uefa Champions League.
According to a survey conducted by the European Clubs Association (ECA), 61% of 87 European clubs support a Champions League berth incentive for the Europa League.
92% of the clubs surveyed also said that keeping the Europa League and Champions League competitions separate is a better idea than merging them.
Uefa has been considering combining Europe’s two club competitions, due to the fact that the Europa League is considered the black sheep of the family.
However, it appears as if the poor reputation of the Europa League could be enhanced if the best teams in the competition were afforded a ticket into the next season’s Champions League, which is considered the holy grail of club football.
"The results of the survey clearly show that European clubs are very happy with the current competitions and do not wish to see major changes to their structure,” an ECA statement on the survey said.
"The option whereby the Europa League winner/finalists automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage of the new season raised some interest and support provided that the effects on the access list are carefully considered."
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