UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin rules out European Super League

Gianni Infantino

Promising European soccer leaders that he won't be a "yes man" for FIFA's expansion plans, Aleksander Ceferin was re-elected as president of UEFA for four more years on Thursday.

"European clubs are financially healthier than ever, the problem of debt has been sorted out in many countries, and unpaid debts owed to clubs, coaches and players seem to be becoming nothing more than a bad memory".

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he won't be a "yes man" supporting FIFA's push for a $25 billion deal to create and revamp competitions.

His election was in contrast to the situation when he took over two and a half years ago, with football in turmoil amid a corruption scandal that toppled his predecessor Michel Platini.

Ceferin also urged global soccer body Federation Internationale de Football Association to listen to UEFA's reasons for opposing the global soccer body's current plans for two new competitions, a global Nations League and 24-team Club World Cup.

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Concerns have been raised over funding for the Club World Cup.

However, the controversial plans have met with strong opposition in Europe.

Ceferin said disagreeing with friends "when we think in all humility that they are wrong" helps stop them from making mistakes. Determined to protect UEFA's own Champions League and recently-introduced Nations League, Ceferin is opposed to those ideas.

Ceferin says "a leader without doubts is a delusional and risky leader".

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. "It is a fact".

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

Before the confirmation of his second term, Ceferin recalled that ahead of his 2016 election there were reports Europe's top clubs planned a breakaway league, yet that had been averted through "honest, direct and uncompromising" talks with clubs.

"The only thing "great" about you would have been your past, and nothing else".

The Slovenian official tells the clubs "trust me, you will not regret" taking a stand against cynicism and greed.

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