Seifert warns Uefa against Champions League weekend switch
Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL, Germany’s professional soccer league, has warned Uefa to stick to playing Champions League matches midweek, claiming that weekends are for domestic leagues.
Seifert, who is now chairman of the World Leagues Forum, succeeding the Premier League's Richard Scudamore, even threatened legal action should games in Europe's top clubs competition be moved to Saturday, where it could yield even greater media rights revenue.
At present only the Champions League final is played on a Saturday, and Uefa has insisted there are no discussions to move other games from its flagship competition to weekends.
However, reports have re-emerged in recent weeks that talks are taking place behind the scenes about changing the calendar from the 2024-25 season, when that next rights cycle kicks-in.
Speaking in his capacity as Bundesliga chief executive, Seifert said: “We are viewing the potential expansion of competition ideas very critically. That goes especially for any expansion of club competitions of international federations to what are today regular matchdays for domestic leagues, for example the weekend.
“Should this red line be crossed, then we would have to look at legal action... It would not be acceptable to shock the entire football structure with such actions.”
He continued: “The weekend must belong to the national leagues. This is the heart of professional football.”