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European run boosts British clubs

<CPS:IMMan Utd beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Champions League final
United beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League final

Uefa is to try to get English clubs to accept a smaller chunk of the Champions League pot after it revealed the figures they earned from last season.

Winners Manchester United netted 33.9m, runners-up Chelsea 28.7m, Liverpool 21.1m and Arsenal 18.3m.

Uefa spokesman William Gaillard said: "We've a situation fixed until 2012, so that's plenty of time to review it."

Celtic earned 10.3m and Rangers picked up 7.7m, which was topped up by 4.1m from reaching the Uefa Cup final.

The figures did not include gate receipts or matchday revenue.

British clubs made up 26% of the 462m total Champions League television and sponsorship revenues.

Liverpool reached the semi-final after beating Arsenal in the last eight, while Celtic made the last 16 and Rangers went out at the group stage.

606: DEBATE

Uefa will try to earn the support of the European Strategy Council, the consultative body representing clubs, leagues, players and associations, to implement changes to the revenue structure.

Gaillard added: "We are well aware there are some imbalances in the revenue distribution which have a negative effect in national leagues by widening the gap between the rich and not so rich.

"We will talk to the clubs and see how they feel, and try to convince them that in the longer run it is not in their interest if, because of the way money is distributed, national leagues become too imbalanced.

"This is something we have to bring to the strategy council and find a consensus, but we will have a very wide consultation policy."

Italian club Roma reached the quarter-finals and made 22.9m, while Barcelona, the only non-English club in the semi-finals, earned 21.7m.

The lowest earners among the 32 teams who reached the group stage were Ukraine's Shakhtar Donestsk who earned 5.6m.

Apart from Rangers, the Champions League figures dwarfed those earned by British clubs in the Uefa Cup.

Everton made 400,000, Tottenham and Bolton each earned 352,000 and Aberdeen 265,000.




see also
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21 May 08 |  Man Utd
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21 May 08 |  Europe


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