UEFA is to expand the UEFA Champions League from 32 to 36 teams in 2024, which provoked furious opposition among mid-sized Premier League clubs by initially reserving two extra places to be awarded based on a club’s UEFA ranking or coefficient.
It would mean for example Man United could finish 6th in PL & still qualify for the UCL above a team such as West Ham United finishing 5th.
UEFA’s President has now signaled that plans to award two UCL places on the basis of historical performances in Europe could be scrapped.
Meanwhile, Mo Salah has spoken out about being ranked 7th in the Ballon D’Or according to him the results of the Ballon d’Or were shocking to me. I don’t have much to say about it, but there was nobody who expected me to finish seventh last year, but that is what happened.
“I don’t think there’s a conspiracy theory or anything, but there may be inaccurate choices and there are many countries who don’t know how to vote. I don’t know what they base their choices on, but I’m not saying there’s a conspiracy or anything.
“I’m not happy that I was left out of the World XI, but there’s nothing I can do. What satisfies me is that everyone shares my feelings, that I should be in the team.
“I have nothing to prove that there is something wrong. I really don’t know, but I was shocked at the result. I don’t think there’s anything personal against me specifically, but that’s the reality that I’m dealing with.”