Aleksander Čeferin was re-elected President of the UEFA European Football Association by acclamation for a third term until 2027 during the General Assembly today, Wednesday, in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
The 55-year-old Slovenian took over the continental organization in 2016 after France’s Michel Platini was ousted over corruption scandals and was re-elected in 2019.
“There is no place for gangs in European football,” the Slovenian said immediately after his announcement as UEFA president in response to the European Super League project. “The game belongs not to anyone, but to everyone.”
He added: “The public interest should be above the personal interests of the three clubs who want to increase material resources, compared to the sporting and technical development of the competition.”
He concluded: “Those clubs that have been promoting that they want to save football are nothing but a wolf disguised as a lamb. I consider them gangs who want to destroy democracy just to increase their material resources.”
Real Madrid, along with Juventus, Barcelona and many other clubs, promoted in 2021 the creation of a Superliga European Championship to replace the Champions League, before some clubs abandoned the idea for fear of sanctions from the European Football Association.” UEFA. who refused to organize the tournament. Out of his umbrella, arguing that the new championship would kill other European competitions as well as the major leagues.