UEFA chief re-elected, won't be 'yes man'


The Slovenian lawyer, who was named as one of SportsPro's ten influencers for 2019, took over as Uefa president in 2016 after France's Michel Platini stepped down from the role.

Ceferin was president of the Football Association of Slovenia between 2011 and 2016, and had been the President of UEFA since September 14, 2016.

The 45-year-old had been elected at the end of January at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the European Club Association (ECA) which defends the interests of big European clubs and is chaired by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

"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".

Al-Khelaifi could be implicated in an independent investigation of PSG's compliance with UEFA financial monitoring rules, and he also heads BeIN Sports, which holds some UEFA broadcast rights.

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Reforms to the Champions League which mean the continent's leading four leagues - Spain, England, Germany and Italy - now all get four automatic qualifying spots in the group stage were initially proposed by Platini but brought in under Ceferin's presidency. "I am the president of UEFA, a UEFA that can be proud of its past and confident about the future".

Bosses at Federation Internationale de Football Association want to introduce more European clubs to a revamped Club World Cup and expand UEFA's Nations League worldwide. The British are working with Ireland on a possible 2030 World Cup bid.

"A leader without doubts", Ceferin said, "is a delusional and risky leader".

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 could include "premium live content" such as Champions League games along with games from youth and women's soccer competitions.