UEFA’s Ceferin pledges to protect Champions League

Heather Diaz
February 10, 2019

ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli, president of the ECA and Juventus, (pictured right with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin), described the new memorandum as "an important moment in the history of European football".

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

UEFA has warned clubs thinking about leaving the Champions League that they would "no longer be great" but praised the FIGC for its handling of racism.

"For me, it's not only a lack of respect for [UEFA chief refereeing officer] Roberto Rosetti's team and the UEFA organization, but the influence of coaches is huge and if they complain about being refereed they should at least come and see what the experts say about the use of VAR".

"We will make football fairer, we will adapt the FFP rules to establish a new European balance: the initial objectives of FFP have been achieved. finances are healthier than ever", Ceferin said.

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'It is often those who disagree in a measured, reasonable and constructive way, even if they sometimes do so in a direct, uncompromising fashion, who do them the greatest service, help them move forward and prevent them from making mistakes, ' Ceferin said, before suggesting that the future of the game was at stake and calling for Federation Internationale de Football Association to respect the European body.

His election was in contrast to the situation when he took over two and a half years ago, with football in turmoil amid a corruption scandal that toppled his predecessor Michel Platini. "I am the president of UEFA, a UEFA that can be proud of its past and confident about the future".

"The only thing "great" about you would have been your past, and nothing else".

As part of his manifesto, Ceferin also vowed to deliver a successful Nations League Finals, hold an "exciting" European Championships in 2020 and look to bring the 2030 World Cup to Europe.

The Slovenian official tells the clubs "trust me, you will not regret" taking a stand against cynicism and greed.

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