|Common Goal||Aleksander Čeferin is a committed supporter of the Common Goal initiative, which funds high-impact football charities worldwide. He contributes 1% of their annual salary to the project, which was co-founded by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata|
2019 08 27 Retrieve
[Aleksander Čeferin hails Eric Cantona when giving him UEFA President’s Award] This is a logical choice because this award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is – a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and in particular, puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[Ceferin pointed out that Uefa was the only football body to ban a player for 10 matches for racist behaviour, the most severe punishment in the game] As a governing body, I know we are not going to win any popularity contests. But some of the views expressed about Uefa’s approach to fighting racism have been a long way off the mark. Uefa’s sanctions are among the toughest in sport for clubs and associations whose supporters are racist at our matches
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin have drawn up multiple scenarios for what may need to happen in the coming weeks and months for leagues right across the continent] Nobody knows when the pandemic will end. We have a plan A, B or C: to restart in May, in June or at the end of June. If then we wouldn’t be able to do any of these, the season would probably be lost. There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later. We’re in touch with the leagues, the clubs, there is a working group and we’ll see what solution is best for all. We have to wait, like any other sector
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Ceferin is keen for European leagues to be played to a finish] The priority is the health of fans, players and managers. I am an optimist by nature, I believe there are options that can allow us to start tournaments and complete them. We may have to play without spectators, but I think the most important thing is playing games. In such hard times it would bring people happiness and a certain sense of normality even if the matches will only be on TV.
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[FAI may be unable to avail of €4.3m of UEFA money] Our sport is facing an unprecedented challenge brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. UEFA wants to help its members to respond in ways that are appropriate to their specific circumstances. As a result, we have agreed that up to €4.3m per association, paid for the remainder of this season and next, as well as part of the investment funding, can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.
I believe this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can; and I am proud of the unity that football is showing throughout this crisis. Without doubt, football will be at the heart of life returning to normal. When that time comes, football must be ready to answer that call
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has welcomed the planned return of German football on May 16] It is great news that the German authorities have agreed that the Bundesliga can return. This is a huge and positive step to bringing optimism back to people’s lives. It is the result of constructive dialogue and careful planning between the football authorities and politicians and I am confident that Germany will provide a shining example to all of us in how to bring football - with all its excitement, emotion and unpredictability - back into our lives. I wish everyone connected with this every success
2020 05 17 Retrieve
[UEFA chief Ceferin confident European season will be completed by August despite coronavirus] We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of UEFA to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August. As things look now, I’m sure that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition. I think the majority of leagues will finish the season. The ones who will not, it’s their decision. But they will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in the European UEFA competition
If you cannot play in your country, then you have to organise it at a neutral ground. I don’t see the reason why French authorities would not allow them to organise a match without spectators, but let’s see. It’s out of my power
We’ve had conversations with nine cities and everything is set. With three cities, we have some issues. So we will discuss further. In principle, we will do it in 12 cities but if not, we are ready to do it in 10, nine or eight
2020 05 18 Retrieve
[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said recently that he expects the rest of the season, including the Champions League and Europa League campaigns, to be completed by August] We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of UEFA to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August. As things look now, I’m sure that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said recently that he expects the 2019-20 season, including the Champions League and Europa League, to be concluded by August] We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of UEFA to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August. As things look now, I’m sure that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Ligue 1 could resume with play-offs before August 2] We would first of all like to clarify that it is the competence of national associations to decide on the format of their domestic competitions, in particular by taking into account the circumstances and restrictive measures specific to the country. As mentioned by UEFA a few weeks ago, the French authorities’ decision to cancel the season was taken relatively early. Nevertheless, and provided that the national associations are able to coordinate with the competent national authorities a potential restart of domestic competition, August 2, 2020, would be an appropriate date to end the domestic competitions.
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[Champions League set to resume in August as Lisbon plays host to remainder of tournament] I am delighted that we are able to resume almost all of our competitions. I am confident that we will not have to endure the fans’ absence for long and that they will be allowed into stadiums sooner rather than later. UEFA took a bold decision when it decided to postpone Euro 2020. But in doing so, we created the space which has allowed domestic club competitions across the continent to resume, where possible, and play to a conclusion. While the game has suffered huge difficulties as a result of the pandemic, those blows would have landed much harder if we had not shown leadership in those early days. The football community has worked together and shown tremendous unity during this unprecedented crisis. I would like to thank FIFA, our sister confederations, national associations, clubs, leagues, players and the relevant authorities for their continuous support and commitment and I am convinced that we come out of this crisis stronger and with closer links than ever before.
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Champions League restart: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says Lisbon will be able to stage finale] I would like to thank the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for his dedication to this project and the work he is doing alongside the Portuguese Football Federation to ensure that Portugal delivers a successful tournament. I am confident that with the continued and constant collaboration between all stakeholders, we will conclude the season in a positive way in Lisbon. There is no need for a Plan B.
2020 07 13 Retrieve
[UEFA ‘remain committed’ to Financial Fair Play] It was established to stop the losses and it was successful. But, in the future, we will have to adapt it, change some things. Maybe we should modernise, go next step but when it will happen I don’t think very soon. I don’t know if mistakes have been made, probably yes, everywhere mistakes have been made
We’re thinking of improving [FFP], modernising it and doing something more about the competitive balance. We’re also considering some sort of ‘luxury tax’, if it’s possible
2020 07 16 Retrieve
[Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and UEFA hold peace talks] As with other clubs, they are our asset, I respect them. I don’t want to say that, ‘now we don’t like Manchester City’. We like them, they are our club