Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for the new tournament, but some members of BT Sport’s expert team are not fans of the competition, despite the company owning the TV rights to it.
BT Sport scored a goal against their major camp ahead of their coverage of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League season next season.
The tournament was launched as the third tier of European competitions, located below the Champions League and the Europa League.
With the two National Cup winners this season, Leicester and Manchester City, having finished in the top six, Tottenham, seventh, qualified for the new competition.
This will enter the final qualifying round, with 32 clubs advancing to the group stages and the eventual winner will earn a place in the 2022/2023 edition of the Europa League.
BT Sport will have exclusive rights to broadcast the tournament until at least 2024, but they scored an own goal on Sunday.
During their Premier League tonight program, presenter Jake Humphrey and experts Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas blasted the new tournament.
“It’s interesting, isn’t it because the Europa League matters because every club talks like ‘If we win we will go into the Champions League’,” Humphrey said to start the discussion.
“But it is very difficult to justify why you want to be in [the Europa Conference League]. “
Former Spurs midfielder Jenas agreed with the presenter, insisting his former club will not field full teams.
“It’s not positive in any way. This is not a competition that Tottenham want to be involved in, ”he said.
“Why would they take the competition seriously? Their goal will be to get European football.
“If it’s the Europa League, it gives you a chance in the Champions League, if you win this competition, you enter the Europa League.”
Ferdinand then intervened to mock Jénas before questioning the longevity of the Europa Conference Conference.
“It’s something, isn’t it,” he joked.
“Seriously, I don’t know this competition, I think it’s a liquidation, it’s a liquidation. I think it won’t be around by the time we start the league next year.
BT is hoping Ferdinand is wrong, having paid £ 400million a year for all UEFA competitions.