During the scheduled clubs meeting on 2 July in Riga, Latvian Football Higher League (LFV) clubs have discussed the concept developed by the UEFA and supported by the European Club Association (ECA). LFV believes that the changes in UEFA clubs’ tournaments will have unacceptable consequences for the local leagues and cannot be implemented.
“Our clubs want to repeat FK Ventspils success in 2009/10 season and dream to play in the group stage of top European club tournaments. We believe in sporting merit as the sole criteria to qualify to international club competitions and clubs must access to UEFA Club Competitions (UCC) only and exclusively via domestic league competitions. Moreover, any changes in the UCC cannot jeopardize the calendar and format of the domestic leagues, especially small ones, like Virsliga.” says Maksims Krivunecs, the chairman of Latvian Football Higher League.
Clubs have unanimously supported the European Leagues vision of fairer revenue distribution putting more emphasis on solidaity payments distribution as the key instrument to protect and enhance competitive balance in the domestic leagues. “Solidarity payments is an important part of our clubs’ budgets. It is unacceptable for us that the proportion of the solidarity payments has been decreased in the overall UCC revenue distribution scheme. The biggest clubs in Europe are becoming more powerful, whereas gap between small leagues and clubs is becoming very dangerous for the whole competitive balance in the European football system,” concluded Krivunecs.