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May 23, 2013

Bundesliga chief hits out at UEFA

Bundesliga chief Christian Seifert believes clubs like Liverpool may struggle to win a domestic title again unless UEFA change their distribution of profits for clubs in the Champions League and Europa League.

Speaking at a briefing in London, Seifert hit out at the skewed financial incentives in European competitions, claiming it is unfair for the top sides like Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to take a predominant share of earnings.

The head of the Bundesliga has urged UEFA to more evenly distribute funds to all clubs in the tournaments to avoid creating a significant gap between teams.

"Money coming out of the Champions League is an enormous influence - in Germany it is double the money from the national media contract," Seifert said.

"I think UEFA need to think again how they distribute the money from the Champions League and Europa League because each country needs an attractive national competition and not just two teams dominating.

"Without a doubt it has an impact. If the money of the Champions League gets more and more and gap gets bigger and bigger then of course it's probably not the best thing for national competition.

"When I grew up one of the greatest teams was Liverpool. I'm not sure if they have the chance ever to win the Premier League again.

"Because they have to compete with clubs who have a lot more financial opportunities like Man City and Chelsea plus money that comes from the Champions League. It's something you have to have in mind when you want to have a certain balance in between the league."

While the disparity between German clubs is far less significant than other European leagues, given that 14 out of 18 Bundesliga sides were in profit last season, Seifert insists there is still not a level playing ground.

"We are proud to have two teams in the final but it doesn't mean we have 18 teams on the level," he added. "For 10 years the discussion has been why we have no chance to win the Champions League.

"You can't say 'wow - look what we have achieved', but in the last few years we have done more right than wrong."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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