Rummenigge opposes proposed Champions League reforms

first_imgBayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated his opposition to plans to reform the structure of the Champions League.Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has led proposals to revamp the competition, with the intention of including more matches and introducing some form of promotion and relegation in 2024.Initial plans have been put forward by the European Club Association (ECA), of which Rummenigge was chairman from 2008 until 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Why do we have to change anything?” Rummenigge asked Bild.”I’m also not a big fan of the idea to expand the group stage. At the end of the current model with the groups of four, we often end up with so-called ‘dead games’, where everything is already decided.”Everyone is always running after the money. But where is this money going?“It isn’t like our profits exploded and our shareholders also shared in this success. The money is being spent on players’ wages and agents’ fees.“Most importantly, the European Cup will not take place on the weekends. Because that would create too big a fight with the national leagues.”Rummenigge, 63, won the European Cup twice as a player with Bayern in the 1970s and as a former chairman of the ECA, his opinion on the matter could carry some significant weight.He is not the only high-profile opponent, with the Premier League already having issued a statement underlining their opposition to any reforms “that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game”.Closer to home, Rummenigge also repeated his support for Bayern manager Niko Kovac, who had been linked with an early dismissal from the club.Bayern started the season poorly and looked like surrendering their Bundesliga crown to Borussia Dortmund – but finished the campaign in style with a domestic double.”I do not know any club that would have dismissed their coach after winning the double,” said Rummenigge.Rumours of his sacking had in part been due to Rummenigge’s lack of public backing for the coach during the season, but he claims he had Kovac’s best interests at heart.”I did not want to hurt him. I just wanted to focus everyone on our common goal.”Success is part of our club’s DNA. We have imposed this pressure on ourselves, and everyone must withstand that at Bayern. Niko knows that, he has already worked as a player here.”last_img read more

Clifftop residents refuse to leave their homes as Council warn they could

A garden shed and an oil tank plummeted into the sea after days of high winds and waves eroded the sandstone.Homeowner Stephen Chadwick said when the cliff fell it was like an “earthquake”.”I bought it for sea views, beautiful sea views, and now the sea’s taking it away,” he told the BBC.”I woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee at half past seven and I felt … it was like an earthquake, and the cliff just went.” Building control surveyors on Hemsby beach in front of houses The Environment Agency declared an amber flood warning for that part of the Norfolk coast and the Met Office forecast rain and issued a yellow weather warning.The council added that “residents chose not to relocate to the rest centre, which had been set up in case it was needed.”In March some residents to the east of The Marrams were forced to flee their homes after part of the cliff gave way during the so-called ‘mini Beast from the East’. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea Credit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters The Council has condemned the properties as dangerous and said demolition work will take place as soon as it is safe and practically possible to do so on the east side.Deputy council leader Carl Smith said: “Following the storm in March, when the initial properties were lost, it was a sad inevitability that the loss of more cliff material would take place at some time and leave further properties in a dangerous condition.”Unfortunately, in these unusual circumstances, demolition is the only option to ensure public safety, which is the top priority.”Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea and a further seven homes badly damaged.Despite a bid for £2.3m for government funded flood defences, residents failed to secure funding. But in 2015 residents raised enough money for partial sea defences of honeycombed concrete blocks to be installed in the dunes. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea  Residents living at the top of a cliff have refused to evacuate to a rescue centre after it was feared their homes could collapse into the sea.Great Yarmouth Borough Council has handed out “precautionary” advice for residents living in 30 chalets to the west of The Marrams in Hemsby to evacuate after the dunes eroded some 16ft (5m) in the past 12 to 24 hours.Residents were told they could move to a rest centre until the high tide had passed.”This is a purely precautionary measure, taken in light of the risk posed through further loss of cliff material,” a council spokesman said.”Officials will continue to monitor the road and incoming tide throughout the evening,” he added.Police officers and lifeboat crew visited the properties on behalf of the borough council to advise residents to move their vehicles to the Marrams car park. In March a number of properties were lost after bad weatherCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more