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Ceferin replies to Florentino Pérez on European Super League

The UEFA head maintained that the Real Madrid president who continually advocates a breakaway Super League is thinking only in the short term.

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Ceferin replies to Florentino Pérez on European Super League
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Speaking to Slovenian daily 24.ur, head of UEFA Aleksander Ceferin recognised that 2020 was the most challenging year since the organisation's creation in 1954 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. "Despite the complications, we've managed to host over 1,200 games this year without any major incidents", stated Čeferin who claimed to be optimistic that 2021 would be a better year all round and hoped that the 2020/21 Champions League final could be played at Istanbul's Attaturk Stadium with a packed stadium.

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Analysing Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's comment recently on a breakaway European Super League, the UEFA chief stated: "This has been a dream for Forentino Pérez for some time now. Two of the FC Barcelona presidential candidates are against the idea as are Bayern Munich and some of the English clubs. Too many people are looking at this in the short term".

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) president Florentino Perez of Real Madrid looks on during the training session of Real Madrid on December 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) president Florentino Perez of Real Madrid looks on during the training session of Real Madrid on December 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)TF-ImagesGetty Images

Speaking on the Champions League, Ceferin stated that the current format of the competition would remain as it is through to 2024 and was optimistic that the roll-out of the vaccination programme across the continent would permit supporters to safely return to the stands. He concluded that plans were afoot to look at another Champions League system but one that would be "inclusive to all but different at the same time".

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