Category: UEFA

UEFA prepares to fight Infantino’s Club World Cup plan

Lausanne (AFP) – A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA. Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda. Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan. The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently ... Read more

PSG to fall foul of UEFA’s FFP investigation – report

Paris (France) (AFP) – Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face UEFA sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by the British Financial Times on Wednesday that claims PSG “overstated” sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros. Bankrolled by Qatari owners, PSG smashed the world transfer record by signing Brazilian star Neymar for 222 million euros ($264 million) in August and committed to completing another 180 million-euro deal for French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe this summer when agreeing a one-year loan deal from Monaco a few weeks later. Introduced by European ... Read more

Racism in Russian soccer continues to shame

The specter of a racism investigation by FIFA is becoming all too familiar After this last international break we witnessed another incident. French players were allegedly greeted with monkey chants during their friendly 3-1 win against 2018 World Cup host Russia. The friendly was being played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. This should not be happening, but, then again, this is not news There is a part of the Russian culture that has bred racism, especially in soccer. In the news report about one incident you will find a tidbit about another. Such as the recent disciplinary proceedings by ... Read more

UEFA boss says he will fight Champions League ‘blackmail’

Helsinki (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to fight any “blackmail” by Europe’s most powerful football clubs over the Champions League. Ceferin took a tough line against Europe’s top leagues, angry at having been excluded, in their opinion, from talks on the future of the world’s biggest club tournament. “To some clubs, I shall say it calmly and dispassionately, but firmly and resolutely: there will be no closed league,” Ceferin told a UEFA congress in Helsinki. “Quite simply, that is not in line with our values and ideals. “To some leagues, I shall say it calmly and ... Read more

UEFA doubles Champions League TV rights revenue in $100 million/year deals

While the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for UEFA, the European soccer organization has managed to double the amount of revenue it’ll generate for Champions League and Europa League coverage in the United States. Under UEFA’s current deal with FOX Sports, the broadcaster pays approximately $52 million per year for the rights to show the games in both English and Spanish to viewers in the United States. That current deal ends at the completion of the 2017/18 season. But under the new deal with Turner Sports and Univision, UEFA will earn approximately $100 million in revenue from ... Read more

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs. The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September. If agreed at a congress in Helsinki on April 5, the UEFA president and 16 executive members will be limited to three four-year terms. The governance reforms would also mean that any executive member seeking reelectiion must hold an active top office in his country’s national association, such ... Read more

Matchfixing a vital battle to win: UEFA integrity chief

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Combating match-fixing in football is absolutely crucial for the integrity of the sport, says Emilio Garcia UEFA’s head of disciplinary and integrity matters. However, he concedes that it is not an easy task with the mafia behind a lot of corruption. Garcia, who was speaking at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention, said it was crucial to get local authorities in different countries on board. “The fight against matchfixing is vital,” he said. “It is not easy because behind this we have the mafia and they are not normal guys. “We need collaboration from the local ... Read more

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

Berlin (AFP) – Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football’s governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package. UEFA confirmed to AFP that Platini no long receives a salary, but the matter of any renumeration will be discussed. “The overall matter of his remuneration since his suspension will be addressed by the UEFA Executive Committee in due course following advice and proposals from the newly formed UEFA Compensation ... Read more