Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Uefa president attacks Federation Internationale de Football Association over money-spinning breakaway tournament plans

Uefa president attacks Federation Internationale de Football Association over money-spinning breakaway tournament plans

Aleksander Čeferin has been unanimously re-elected as president of Uefa for the next four years.

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".

The 51-year-old Ceferin was elected by acclamation as the only candidate standing at the 43rd UEFA congress in Rome.

The Slovenian national was elected in September 2016 to complete the four-year term of then-President Michel Platini, who was banned for financial misconduct.

The row over FIFA's controversial plans for a new Club World Cup and global Nations League has intensified, after UEFA's president pulled no punches in a searing attack on the proposals in front of his counterpart. We must continue to develop.

Vowing to build on recent successes and developments in European football, including the launch of the continent's Nations League, he said: "The most unsafe thing we could do is to rest on our laurels and bask in our current situation. It can only be done if we work together, if we discuss, if we debate", he said.


Uefa has now responded by agreeing a new "memorandum of understanding" with the European Club Association, expiring in 2024.

"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. My answer is no", said Ceferin.

Ceferin was first elected in September, 2016 to replace Platini after the former France midfielder was banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association for ethics violations.

Other key targets Ceferin has outlined for the next four years include a European bidder winning the 2030 World Cup hosting rights and updating financial fair play rules which monitor club finances. "We will be doing more in this area because there remain weaknesses in our system".

Ceferin said UEFA would "rigorously defend" their members' concerns over the worldwide calendar, backed by Andrea Agnelli, president of Italian champions Juventus and the ECA, with whom UEFA signed an agreement on Wednesday.

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