Europa League clubs could be offered financial incentives

Date published: Wednesday 17th February 2016 10:28

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English clubs competing in the Europa League could be offered bonuses amid concerns the Premier League may lose a Champions League spot.

The issue was brought up at the latest Premier League meeting, when fixture congestion and scheduling was also discussed.

After strong European performances from Serie A sides last season, England’s top flight is at risk of losing its coefficient which ensures four teams qualify for the Champions League.

And according to The Times and The Guardian,  it has been suggested a portion of the £8.3billion TV deal could be offered to successful clubs in the Europa League.

It has been acknowledged scrapping FA Cup replays and reducing League Cup semi-finals from two legs to just one match could encourage clubs to take the Europa League more seriously.

Thanks to Juventus’ run to the Champions League final, as well as Fiorentina and Napoli’s presence in the Europa League semi-finals last season, Italy made up over half their deficit to England in UEFA’s coefficient rankings and could potentially move ahead next term.

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