Ceferin re-elected UEFA President

Ross Houston
February 10, 2019

Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, was reelected for another four years today and again name-dropped nouveau riche clubs Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain when asked about FFP.

Aleksander Ceferin is a Slovenian lawyer and football administrator.

Ceferin was elected as UEFA's 7th president in September 2016.

Ceferin, 51, was confirmed in office on Thursday by all 55 UEFA member associations' delegates at the 43rd UEFA Ordinary Congress in Rome.

The Slovenian football official succeeded Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned in early 2016 after he had been suspended from all football related activities for four years.

The strengthening of the ties between UEFA and ECA can also be interpreted as a reinforced alliance against, and a signal towards, Federation Internationale de Football Association and its president Infantino, whose plans of pushing through with a $25 billion Softbank-backed investment to buy out some of FIFA's competitions and rights to revamp the Club World Cup and introduce a Global Nations League have been met with great scepticism in Europe.

"A clear message: while the two of us continue to lead our respective organisations, there will be no Super League".

European football's governing body have since launched their own investigation into the allegations and there is a possibility that the Premier League champions could be hit with a sporting sanction, such as a ban from the Champions League. "It can only be done if we work together, if we discuss, if we debate", he said.

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.

"Now it is time to move to the second phase of this major European project, in consultation with the ECA [European Club Association], so that every European club can exploit its full development potential". "Any club that violates any regulations will be sanctioned. We will be doing more in this area because there remain weaknesses in our system".

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