UEFA President Ceferin Re-Elected, Says He Won't Be FIFA 'Yes Man'

Tanya Simon
February 10, 2019

Nasser al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday officially appointed club representative on UEFA's Executive Committee, at the Congress of European football's governing body in Rome.

"Building on their close cooperation over the last 11 years, the memorandum outlines the strong willingness of UEFA and ECA to continue to work together with mutual trust and clarity of objectives to ensure the well-being and stability of European football", said UEFA in a statement.

The 51-year-old Ceferin was elected by acclamation as the only candidate standing at the 43rd UEFA congress in Rome.

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.

The FA chairman Greg Clarke has been elected as Britain's new Federation Internationale de Football Association vice-president in what should be a boost for a potential English-led bid for the 2030 World Cup.

"The only thing great about you would be your past", Ceferin cautioned clubs, saying teams following through on breakaway threats in 2016 "would have lost their status as great clubs in the hearts of the people".

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"PSG and Manchester City are not too big for us [to punish] and we're not just talking about them", said Ceferin.

Ceferin says letters UEFA received from former lawmakers and NGOs in Ukraine were "without any concrete proof" or evidence of ongoing court proceedings.

"You can see with him a desire to give more of a place to the smaller clubs and nations with the creation of a third European club competition and the Nations League".

Ceferin defended his record since taking over with his most notable achievement being the introduction of term limits for UEFA presidents, to a maximum of three four-year stints.

He said there would be no Super League as long as he was president of UEFA and Andrea Agnelli was the head of the European Club Association. "We will be doing more in this area because there remain weaknesses in our system".

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