Aleksander Ceferin re-elected unopposed as Uefa president for four-year term


Aleksander Ceferin is a Slovenian lawyer and football administrator.

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 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.

"I have a good feeling that we will start talking now that everyone has understood (that) without proper consultation we would not end up anywhere", Ceferin said.

The prospect of an OTT service to house competitions and content outside of the flagship Champions League and Europa League club competitions was first raised by Uefa marketing director, Guy-Laurent Epstein, in September.

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

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In response FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who harbours his own aspirations of an expanded Club World Club, said that football's biggest players would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League.

"Now it is time to move to the second phase of this major European project, in consultation with the ECA, so that every European club can exploit its full development potential".

"We will make football fairer, we will adapt the FFP rules to establish a new European balance: the initial objectives of FFP have been achieved. finances are healthier than ever".

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. "Not by me, but by the individual bodies".

"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.

"Limited terms of office, the publication of salaries, the creation of a Compensation Committee and the inclusion of independent members in a reinforced Governance and Compliance Committee are just a few of the common-sense reforms we have introduced", he said. "We will be doing more in this area because there remain weaknesses in our system".