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UEFA chief Ceferin takes firm Super League stance in A22 meeting

Published on: 08 November 2022

In a meeting with A22 Sports CEO Bernd Reichart, Aleksandar Ceferin reiterated his total opposition to the breakaway project. Other major football figures also attended.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, took a tough stance in a meeting with Super League promoters A22 Sports on Tuesday, reiterating its total opposition to the creation of parallel competitions.

Opposition to Super League as strong as ever, A22 told

UEFA chiefs, headed by president Aleksander Ceferin, and leading representatives of national leagues, clubs, players and fans, sought to stress that opposition to the breakaway project remains as overwhelming today as it was in April 2021.

In the meeting at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland, A22 was represented by Bernd Reichart, Anas Laghrari and John Hahn.

“The participants took note, with surprise, of the claims of the A22 Sports CEO that this company is not representing any clubs in any capacity, including the three clubs who continue to openly support the project,” a UEFA statement said.

“UEFA and football stakeholders remain committed to the foundations of European football, which are based on openness, solidarity and meritocracy and serve broader objectives of sporting principles and societal interest, rather than privilege and self-entitlement.

“This approach has been given unanimous support by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and extensive support from national governments, public institutions, and stakeholders across the continent.”

UEFA bosses were joined at Tuesday’s meeting by:

English clubs were unable to take part in the meeting due to a previously scheduled meeting of Premier League stakeholders. UEFA is also due to hold a meeting with stakeholders and European football partners at the second Convention on the Future of European Football this week. The discussions will cover subjects such as good governance, competitiveness and the development of the women’s game.


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