Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ceferin re-elected unopposed as UEFA President

Ceferin re-elected unopposed as UEFA President

Aleksander Čeferin promises UEFA will "undertake some major developments" to tackle the "complex challenges" ahead after his re-election as head of European football's governing body.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin delivers his speech during the 43rd UEFA congress in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 7.

The lawyer from Slovenia said he had moments of doubt and made mistakes since taking office 2½ years ago.

With FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the audience, Ceferin says UEFA is showing respect for soccer by saying it disagrees with the world soccer body's proposal.

'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.

Ceferin promised an overhaul of club competitions and confirmed there would be no breakaway Super League while he was in charge. "It can only be done if we work together, if we discuss, if we debate", he said.

UEFA's club competitions will be regularly reviewed to ensure they are "in keeping with the times, full of excitement and intensity".

"We will work hand in hand with our partner, the European Club Association, to design the club competitions of the future", Ceferin told delegates.

"We will adapt the financial fair play rules to establish a new European balance in which everyone can find their rightful place".

At a later news conference, Ceferin said he hadn't been given any "concrete information" on the deal since Infantino revealed it last March at a meeting in Bogota, Colombia.

The Frenchman is still suspended until October this year when he will complete a four-year ban from all football-related activities following the corruption scandal that also brought down then-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.

"Not only because of the record (of PSG) in terms of Financial Fair Play, but also because (Al-Khelaifi) is president of beIN Sports, one of the main holders of television rights of UEFA", added the president of La Liga.

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