Champions League changes could lead to demise of League Cup says Rick Parry
EFL chairman Rick Parry has warned that the impact of UEFA's expansion to the Champions League could lead to the demise of the League Cup. In an interview with the Telegraph, Parry said that the change, which will see each team in the Champions League group stage play ten games rather than six, will eventually lead to changes in the tournament now known as the Carabao Cup. He also spoke of the importance of the competition, saying it's worth about '£100million of clubs' TV revenue' - something that would be lost if the tournament was scrapped. Rick Parry has warned the expanded Champions League could impact the League Cup UEFA have approved an expansion of the Champions League from the 2024-25 season Parry, who is also the former chief executive of Liverpool, said: 'In terms of the impact on midweek fixtures, fA Cup and Carabao Cup, in true UEFA fashion we've still got the same number of match dates. 'Only eight games, but spread across ten dates, so that really doesn't help us.
'To suggest that we will carry on without any form of change is unrealistic. 'Frankly, we have to maybe face up to the unpalatable, but it's extraordinarily valuable to the EFL. Parry refused to rule out that the changes could lead to the future demise of the League Cup This year's final was contested between Liverpool and Chelsea - two teams who are regularly involved in the Champions League and their involvement in the Carabao Cup could be impacted as a result of their European participation in the future. Parry said: 'This year we've had a breathtaking final with a competition taken extremely seriously by two of Europe's biggest clubs, which was brilliant from our point of view. The 67-year-old also stated the League Cup's future is involved with negotiations the EFL and the Premier League need to have over financial distribution. It's said the EFL wants £250million a year from the Premier League, though the parties have not come to terms on any agreement.
Parry pointed out that the tournament is worth '£100million' of clubs' TV revenue The changes to the Champions League format have been approved from the start of the 2024-25 season, with the group stages expanded to 36 teams from 32. Each team will compete in a minimum of ten games against ten different opponents, leading to more midweek dates before Christmas. Those playing in Europe normally start their Carabao Cup campaigns in the third round of the tournament - which took place between September 21 and 22 in the season just finished. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called for the League Cup to be scrapped back in 2020 UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in 2020 that the League Cup should be scrapped to avoid congestion. 'I think that everybody knows that it would be better for everyone if that were not played any more.
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