Finance guru: Uefa taking money from Man City to line their own pockets - 'It's a huge problem'
Uefa’s designs for a one-city final four format in the Champions League will effectively take money from the likes of Man City.
So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about plans to squeeze more cash from Uefa’s flagship competition.
The Times reported last Monday (25 April) that the two-legged format in the semi-final stage could be scrapped.
It is understood that the ruling body wants to stage the semi-finals and final across one week in a designated host city.
City were beaten 3-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate in an astonishing semi-final clash against Real Madrid last night (4 May).
And Plumley explains that Uefa’s latest plans to reform the Champions League would reduce City’s future revenue potential.
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“If it was to come off, it would benefit Uefa more than the clubs,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“Unless the broadcasting deal goes up around the event, the clubs are missing out on one big home game.
“Broadcasters lose out as well because they have less games to put on television. So on a surface level, it seems counterintuitive.
“But you would imagine they will market it as a week-long festival of football and profit from that themselves.
“The other thing is, where do you host it? Logistically, this is a huge problem. Not many cities could cope with the influx of the fans of four teams.”
City must dust themselves off from their Champions League heartache in Madrid before they face Newcastle United on Sunday (8 May).
Pep Guardiola’s side lead the Premier League with four games to go.