UEFA tops up payments to Champions League clubs

BY foxsports • September 14, 2010

UEFA has increased cash payments for the clubs involved in the Champions League group-stage.

The elite 32 teams are set to get more than €750 million ($968 million) combined in bonuses, prize money and shares of television rights.

UEFA says it's giving each team €3.9 million for taking part - up €100,000 on last season's fee.

Bonuses for group-match results and reaching the knockout rounds remain the same until the semifinals, when the last four each receive an extra €4.2 million, up €200,000.

The winner again gets a further €9 million, while the beaten finalist's reward rises €400,000 to €5.6 million.

Teams, which also sell more tickets and merchandising because of the Champions League, will get similar payouts in next season's competition.

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