Challenges lie ahead as UEFA president Ceferin set for re-election

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 10, 2019

Ceferin also confirmed UEFA's plans to launch its own streaming platform in the next six months, a service he believes will "make football more accessible for fans, all fans across the planet".

Speaking to European soccer officials on Wednesday ahead of his unopposed re-election, Ceferin recalls a group of elite clubs were considering a split in 2016 before he was voted UEFA president.

The 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer was the only candidate going forward for election at the UEFA Congress in Rome.

"By telling FIFA that we disagree with their current proposals on the global Nations League and Club World Cup, we show them respect and we show respect to football, the game we love and the game we must protect". In addition, it sets the foundations and structure required to ensure, that together with UEFA, we meet the challenges the game faces to support its continued long-term growth.

Before the confirmation of his second term, Ceferin recalled that ahead of his 2016 election there were reports Europe's top clubs planned a breakaway league, yet that had been averted through "honest, direct and uncompromising" talks with clubs.

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Ceferin says letters UEFA received from former lawmakers and NGOs in Ukraine were "without any concrete proof" or evidence of ongoing court proceedings.

There have been suggestions that Uefa would stop short of imposing such a harsh punishment on clubs the size of City and PSG - who have also been accused of breaching FFP rules - because of the potential damage their exclusion could do to the Champions League as a competition.

He is completing the term of Sepp Blatter, who was banned from Federation Internationale de Football Association for financial irregularities with Michel Platini, Infantino's former boss at UEFA. "We will be doing more in this area because there remain weaknesses in our system". "I am the president of UEFA, a UEFA that can be proud of its past and confident about the future".

He said there would be no Super League as long as he was president of UEFA and Andrea Agnelli was the head of the European Club Association.

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