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“Football Does Not Belong To Anyone”- UEFA Chief Aleksander Ceferin Slams Barcelona And Real Madrid For Their Continuous Attempt To Own Football

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According to a recent report from AS, UEFA Chief Aleksander Ceferin has slammed Barcelona and Real Madrid for their attempts to “own” football. Speaking in his re-election speech, Ceferin criticized the two Spanish giants for their role in the proposed European Super League and their continued attempts to monopolize the sport.

UEFA Chief Alexander Ceferin On Barcelona And Real Madrid

According to Ceferin, “There is no room for cartels in European football. Football does not belong to anyone.” He stressed that the sport should be run for the benefit of everyone involved, including the players, clubs, and fans. He criticized Barcelona and Real Madrid for their “selfish” approach to football and their attempts to use their power to control the game.

The comments come in the wake of the recent European Super League debacle, in which twelve of Europe’s top clubs, including Barca and Los Blancos, attempted to break away from the existing footballing structure and form their own league. The move was met with widespread backlash from fans, players, and governing bodies, and the league collapsed within days.

UEFA Chief Aleksander Ceferin
UEFAs president Aleksander Ceferin (L) speaks with Former Wales international captain and recently elected member of UEFAs executive committee Laura McAllister at the end of the 47th UEFA Congress held in Lisbon on April 5, 2023. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ceferin Applauds Premier League

Ceferin defended the Premier League during his re-election speech. He praised the league’s competitiveness and quality, dispelling rumours that it has lost its edge. His comments came at a time when the Premier League was under scrutiny for its participation in the European Super League, which ultimately failed due to widespread backlash.

In his speech, Ceferin stated that the Premier League is the “best league in the world” and that it has proven this by producing some of the most exciting and high-quality football in recent years. He pointed to the fact that the league has produced three of the last four Champions League finalists, highlighting its strength and competitiveness.

Ceferin also acknowledged the Premier League’s importance in the wider context of European football. He stated that the league is an integral part of the European football ecosystem and that it plays a vital role in shaping the game on the continent. His comments were a welcome relief for Premier League fans who were worried about the league’s future following the fallout from the European Super League debacle.

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