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Euro 2020 format ‘unfair’, won’t be repeated – UEFA president, Ceferin
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Euro 2020 format ‘unfair’, won’t be repeated – UEFA president, Ceferin

  UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has made it clear he would not support another pan-continental tournament like Euro 2020. Ceferin cited the big differences in the distances that teams and fans have had to travel. This year’s tournament has been held in 11 host cities in total. The idea was originally championed by Ceferin’s predecessor, Michel Platini. However, Ceferin feels he would no longer support a continent-wide tournament on the basis that it has been “too challenging” for players and supporters. “I would not support it anymore. In a way, it is not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000km while others have to only travel 1,000km. “It is not fair to fans, who had to be in Rome one day and in Baku over the next few days, which is a ...
Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final
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Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final

It is unknown if the Inter playmaker, who collapsed during his country's opening game of the tournament, will attend the festivities this weekend Christian Eriksen, his wife and the half-dozen medical staff who attended to him following his cardiac arrest have been invited to the Euro 2020 final by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. The Denmark playmaker collapsed during the first half of the Group B opener against Finland and was rushed to hospital after resuscitated on the field at Parken Stadium. It is currently unknown whether Eriksen will make the trip to Wembley Stadium from his home country, where he continues to recover, though the six medics are expected to attend as guests on Sunday. Editors' Picks
Fan View: Should Caf follow Uefa’s example and stop away goals rule?
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Fan View: Should Caf follow Uefa’s example and stop away goals rule?

Goal readers have had their say and popular opinion has it that the law should be scrapped from African continental tournaments Caf should abolish the away goals rule for club and continental competitions, according to the majority of Goal readers. European football governing body Uefa disclosed on Tuesday that the law which has been in existence since 1965 will no longer be practised as from the 2021-22 campaign. Justifying this decision, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin stated the rule now "runs counter to its original purpose" and claimed that it deters teams from playing attacking football.
BREAKING: UEFA Scraps away goals in Champions League, Europa League
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BREAKING: UEFA Scraps away goals in Champions League, Europa League

  UEFA’s Executive Committee has finally scrapped the away goals rule. The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions in the 2021/2022 season. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. This means fixtures in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, if required, penalty kicks. The statement read in part: “The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years. “Although there was no unanimity of views, many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairne...
UEFA Set to Punish Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus
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UEFA Set to Punish Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus

  UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, over their attempts to create a breakaway Super League. The European football governing body confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday. The clubs are the only three left of the initial 12, that have refused to distance themselves from the Super League following an outpouring of criticism. UEFA said: “Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework. “Further information will be made available in due course.” UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, warned the...
UEFA To Punish Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Madrid Others Over Super League Involvement  
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UEFA To Punish Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Madrid Others Over Super League Involvement  

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed the 12 clubs involved in last week’s European Super League controversy will be punished. However, Ceferin suggested the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ could be shown greater leniency after they were the first to pull out of plans for the breakaway competition. Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all pulled out following furious backlash from across the football world over attempts to create a ‘closed shop’ elite league. But Ceferin compared Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to ‘flat Earthers’ after they tried to cling on to the idea of the Super League, even after Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan also pulled out. It is thought that Madrid, Barca and Juve could face the harshest ...
Champions League: UEFA Names Four big Clubs that Could be Banned
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Champions League: UEFA Names Four big Clubs that Could be Banned

  UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has threatened to ban the Spanish and Italian teams still adamant about the European Super League from the Champions League. Although plans for the Super League fell apart this week, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan have still not left the project. “It’s crystal clear that the clubs will have to decide if they are Super League or they are a European club,” Ceferin said in a telephone interview with the AP. “If they say we are a Super League, then they don’t play Champions League, of course … and if they are ready to do that, they can play in their own competition.” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was to chair the Super League, continues to defy Ceferin by vowing to keep working on reviving the Super Leag...
Chelsea & Real Madrid’s Champions League Semi-final May Not Go Ahead, Says UEFA
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Chelsea & Real Madrid’s Champions League Semi-final May Not Go Ahead, Says UEFA

President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Čeferin has said that there is 'slightly possibility' that Tuesday's Championships League semi-final between Spanish side Real Madrid and English side Chelsea FC could be cancelled as punishment for the two clubs for their role in the European Super League. It would be recall that Real Madrid and Chelsea were both part of the 'dirty dozone', the 12 European giants who announced their breakaway to form Competition on Sunday night. However, strong protests from fans, players, managers and pundits led to the idea collapsing and its founder, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, admitted the project was in tatters on Wednesday after all six Premier League clubs dropped out. Attention has now turned to what pun...
UEFA Reacts as Man City Pull out of Super League
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UEFA Reacts as Man City Pull out of Super League

  UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has expressed his delight after Manchester City pulled out of the European Super League. City only announced their intention to join the breakaway league on Sunday night. But within 48 hours, they became the first club to formally announce their exit. For Ceferin, who has been fighting tooth and nail to keep the Champions League as Europe’s premier club competition, it is a major victory. After City released a statement announcing “procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”, Ceferin declared his intent to work with the club “for a better future” after admitting “a mistake”. He added that “City are a real asset for the game and I am delighted to be working with them for a better future ...
Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order
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Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order

The World and European soccer bodies, FIFA and UEFA, must not prevent 12 of the continent’s leading clubs from creating a breakaway Super League, a Spanish commercial court said on Tuesday in a preliminary ruling. FIFA and UEFA made no immediate comment about the case, which is likely to mark the start of a prolonged legal fight over the proposed league, which threatens to upend the long-established order of elite soccer in Europe. It was not immediately clear what authority the Madrid court, which adjudicates corporate disputes, had over the Swiss-based soccer bodies. The court said in a ruling seen by Reuters that FIFA, UEFA and all its associated soccer federations must not adopt “any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way” the creation of the Su...
Super League: You’re Snakes – UEFA Attacks Man United’s Ed Woodward, Juventus’ Agnelli
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Super League: You’re Snakes – UEFA Attacks Man United’s Ed Woodward, Juventus’ Agnelli

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin has branded Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a ‘snake.’ He lambasted the United chief over his push to form a breakaway European Super League and also blasted Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, describing him as the biggest disappointment of all and a liar. Manchester United are among the Premier League ‘big six’ and Europe’s 12 top clubs who have put forward a proposal to breakaway from the UEFA-run Champions League and Europa League and form a new European Super League. And Ceferin claims Woodward gave no indication that a breakaway league was being planned all along. “If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he ...
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Warns that Players Involved in the European Super League Could be Banned from Playing Champions league & the World Cup
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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Warns that Players Involved in the European Super League Could be Banned from Playing Champions league & the World Cup

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin has stated that clubs and players involved in the proposed breakaway European Super League could be banned 'as soon as possible' from all of its competitions and the World Cup. Addressing an emergency meeting on Monday, April 19, after 12 of Europe's top clubs announced the European super league the European Super League, Ceferin launched a scathing attack on the plan, which could change the game of football forever. Ceferin has now refused to rule out that players could be banned from the Euros. When asked about when the ban would begin, he said: 'I do not know when.' 'We're still assessing with our legal team but we will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon we can,' he said. 'My opinion is that as soon as pos...
Real Madrid, Chelsea & Manchester City “To Be Expelled From Champions League”
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Real Madrid, Chelsea & Manchester City “To Be Expelled From Champions League”

Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid will be kicked out of this season’s Champions League by Friday, according to the chairman of the Danish FA. The trio are among the 12 clubs to have confirmed their plans to form a breakaway European Super League, a seismic move that has been met with widespread condemnation across the football world. UEFA have promised heavy sanctions for those involved. On Monday afternoon, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that players who participate in the European Super League will be banned from representing their national team at major tournaments. Further repercussions look to be on their way with DBU chairman Jesper Møller, who also sits in UEFA’s executive committee, expecting the sides involved in the Super League to be expelled fro...
European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court
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European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court

The 12 European clubs that have decided to form a Super League, have informed FIFA and UEFA that they are already pursuing legal action, to bar them from taking action intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway competition. This was contained in a letter obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. The letter was sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA had warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, that they would be barred from domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England, as well as international competitions. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any...
UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League
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UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League

UEFA has repeated its “strong opposition” to a European Super League after the controversial project received a surprise shot in the arm from Josep Maria Bartomeu as he stood down as Barcelona president. In a resignation bombshell on Thursday night Bartomeu declared that one of his last acts as the Catalan team’s chief had been to accept a proposal for Barcelona to play in “a future European Super League” which “would guarantee the financial stability of the club”. The notion of a splinter league for the continent’s high rollers first surfaced through a series of leaked emails and documents in November 2018 claiming that a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick-off as early as 2021. The idea was knocked on the head by European f...
Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
UEFA Boss Ceferin Defends Decision To Allow Fans Into Super Cup
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UEFA Boss Ceferin Defends Decision To Allow Fans Into Super Cup

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to allow fans to attend Thursday’s Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest, despite concerns about the Hungarian capital being a coronavirus hotspot. A limited crowd will be allowed into the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena for the meeting of the Champions League winners and Europa League holders, although several hundred Bayern fans reportedly handed back their tickets because of safety fears. “We will have 16,000 spectators in the stadium, not even 30 percent,” of capacity, Ceferin said at a press conference following a UEFA executive committee meeting in Budapest on Thursday. “The measures are strict and there is not a question of health risks for the fans. “The easiest thing for us would be no...
George Floyd: UEFA Reveals what’ll Happen to any Player Demanding Justice for Late American
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George Floyd: UEFA Reveals what’ll Happen to any Player Demanding Justice for Late American

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has revealed what will happen to any player demanding justice for George Floyd, an American, during matches in UEFA’s competitions. Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, at the hands of a White police officer in Minneapolis. DAILY POST recalls that football players, including Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, used last weekend matches in the Bundesliga to reveal messages expressing solidarity with Floyd. “Football is a sport which encourages tolerance, inclusion and justice,” Ceferin was quoted by Daily Star as saying. “These are the same values being espoused by those showing solidarity to George Floyd. “If a player in our competitions were to display a message or act symbolically to ask for equality for human beings the...
UEFA Declares Liverpool Will not be Champions if Premier League is Cancelled
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UEFA Declares Liverpool Will not be Champions if Premier League is Cancelled

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has said Liverpool will not be awarded the Premier League title, if the coronavirus pandemic forces the season to end abruptly. English football fixtures are currently on suspension until April 4, because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Reds are 15 points clear at the top, but are not assured of being named champions for the first time in 30 years. Ceferin has now waded into the argument on whether Jurgen Klopp’s men should be given the trophy, if the fixtures are not completed. “I’ve seen and heard some again fake news that UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now. “I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anyth...
Former UEFA President, Lennart Johansson, Dies At Age 89
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Former UEFA President, Lennart Johansson, Dies At Age 89

Former UEFA President, has been confirmed dead at the age of 89. The Swede was president of European football association UEFA from 1990 to 2007, and also the driving force behind the formation of the Champions League, giving the continent’s championship a new identity and a huge revenue stream for big clubs. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin who confirmed that Lennart Johansson was dead, said he would be remembered as the architect of the Champions League. “World football will be always be grateful to him for all he has achieved for the beautiful game,” Ceferin said in a statement. Johansson also served as vice president of FIFA, but lost a divisive contest for the presidency to Sepp Blatter in 1998. Blatter rejected allegations of vote-buying, and the two never saw eye to eye a...
I Will Call Referees To Stop Games Where There Is Racial Abuse – UEFA President
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I Will Call Referees To Stop Games Where There Is Racial Abuse – UEFA President

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says he will ask referees to be "brave" and stop matches where there is racial abuse from fans. Chelsea and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, was subjected to abuse in games against Dynamo Kiev and Montenegro last month. "The moment a match is stopped, or it's not played, I think that 90% of normal people in the stadium would kick the asses of those idiots," said Ceferin. "It's 2019, it's not 100 years ago." Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling suffered alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans in a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in December, while a study published in November found that half of the football supporters in the UK have witnessed racism while watching matches.
Aleksander Ceferin Re-elected Ss UEFA President
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Aleksander Ceferin Re-elected Ss UEFA President

Aleksander Ceferin has been re-elected as UEFA president for a four-year term at the governing body’s annual congress in Rome. The Slovenian lawyer and football administrator was re-elected unopposed. Ceferin began his term as president in 2016 as permanent successor to Michel Platini, and was voted in by acclamation from the delegates of the 55 member associations of UEFA. He vowed to work alongside European Club Association leader Andrea Agnelli in order to protect the Champions League from a breakaway ‘Super League’ of elite clubs. “It’s not a promise, it’s a fact. Major clubs, if you had carried out your alleged plan, your clubs would have lost their status as ‘great clubs’ in the hearts of the people. The only thing ‘great’ about you would have been your past, and nothing el...
“Europa League 2” – UEFA Confirms Introduction Of New Tournament
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“Europa League 2” – UEFA Confirms Introduction Of New Tournament

A third European club competition will be introduced in 2021 with the title "Europa League 2". According to the BBC, One English team will enter the play-offs of the new tournament, while Scottish sides may miss out on Europa League places in a reshuffle. As part of Uefa's 2021-2024 cycle, the Europa League will be halved in size to 32 teams with an extra play-off round between the group stage and last 16. The new tournament will be played on Thursdays alongside the Europa League. Every league Champion in Europe will still enter the Champions League but only teams from the 15 top-ranked countries will go into the Europa League group stages or qualifiers. That means teams from leagues below that level - which at the moment would include Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelan...
UEFA Set To Cap On Fees Clubs Pay Players’ Agents
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UEFA Set To Cap On Fees Clubs Pay Players’ Agents

UEFA is considering a cap on fees to players’ agents. The European football governing body believe the agents are “disproportionately” well paid and the quality of work is dropping. This was on the agenda of UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Group, which consists of the main stakeholders in European football, at a summit in Nyon, Switzerland, on Tuesday. This comes a day after Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United, with his representative Fernando Felicevich receiving a reported £15million for his part in the transfer to Old Trafford. Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, was also said to have been paid £24m for brokering the midfielder’s £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016. “The PFSC endorsed a joint position on football agents/intermediari...
UEFA, Top European Leagues Renew Agreement To Avoid Schedule Clashes
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UEFA, Top European Leagues Renew Agreement To Avoid Schedule Clashes

Europe’s top leagues will renew a working agreement with UEFA that avoids clashes between domestic and Champions League games. European Professional Football Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said on Tuesday that the cooperation deal is being finalised, and UEFA should ratify it in September. The leagues group will get “proper recognition” and seats in UEFA’s decision-making bodies including voting rights in the executive committee, Olsson said after a meeting of the 32-member leagues’ group. The previous deal ended in March amid leagues criticising UEFA about the way it consulted before making changes to the 2018-21 Champions League seasons that favored clubs in Europe’s four wealthiest and strongest footballing countries. Access to the lucrative 32-team group stage for Eu...

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