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UEFA president Ceferin promises bright future in new four-year term

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Cary Erickson | 10 February, 2019, 17:01

Speaking at the 43rd UEFA Congress in Rome on Thursday morning, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin stood up to FIFA's Gianni Infantino, asserting he was not a "yes-man".

He said there would be no Super League while he was president of UEFA and Andrea Agnelli head of the European Club Association.

Nevertheless, the Slovenian has sought to champion the rights of clubs from smaller countries, and he must look for ways to restore competitive balance, something he recently said was his "greatest challenge" going forward.

"PSG and Manchester City are not too big for us [to punish] and we're not just talking about them", said Ceferin.

Vowing to build on recent successes and developments in European football, including the launch of the continent's Nations League, he said: "The most risky thing we could do is to rest on our laurels and bask in our current situation".

Ceferin says UEFA will do "everything possible" to bring the 2030 World Cup to Europe, adding that Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules will be revised to make the game of football better and fairer for all.

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Ceferin excused Liverpool from attending as they were playing a Premier League match at West Ham on Monday, which ended 1-1 at London Stadium. UEFA member voters gave Greg Clarke a 37-18 win over David Martin, the Northern Ireland federation president.

His election was in contrast to the situation when he took over two and a half years ago, with football in turmoil amid a corruption scandal that toppled his predecessor Michel Platini. The only thing great about you would be your past.

The row over FIFA's controversial plans for a new Club World Cup and global Nations League has intensified, after UEFA's president pulled no punches in a searing attack on the proposals in front of his counterpart.

"Thank you once again for placing your trust in me", Ceferin said after the vote was announced.