Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
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Aleksander Ceferin re-elected UEFA president by acclamation

Aleksander Ceferin re-elected UEFA president by acclamation

Aleksander Čeferin promises UEFA will "undertake some major developments" to tackle the "complex challenges" ahead after his re-election as head of European football's governing body.

The 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer was the only candidate going forward for election at the UEFA Congress in Rome.

The two-day UEFA gathering in Rome has been a rare meeting of Ceferin and Infantino ahead of a FIFA Council session next month in Miami, where FIFA's hope of approving the new competitions deal seems unlikely.

The UEFA president said that despite the current "fairly remarkable position" of the UEFA in the world, the European governing football body must not idle and needs moving ahead.

He took charge of the organisation in 2016 to complete the term of previous president Michel Platini who was banned for receiving a disputed payment.

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

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.

Vowing to build on recent successes and developments in European football, including the launch of the continent's Nations League, he said: "The most unsafe thing we could do is to rest on our laurels and bask in our current situation".

World Cup, held every four years, and a global version of UEFA's Nations League. "I am the president of UEFA, a UEFA that can be proud of its past and confident about the future", said Ceferin.

Ceferin said UEFA would do "everything possible" to bring the 2030 World Cup to Europe and that European football's break- even rule known as Financial Fair Play (FFP) would be updated. The only thing great about you would be your past.

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

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