UEFA boss Ceferin declares Super League dead: "Buried for at least 20 years"

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The Super League, the closed European competition for top clubs that shook the football world last year, will not return anytime soon. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin assured this at the annual UEFA congress in Vienna on Wednesday. “The project has been buried for at least twenty years,” it sounded clear.

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“First of all, I don’t like the name Super League, because it is anything but a Super League,” sighed the Slovenian chairman at the congress in Vienna, which last year was completely dominated by the controversial initiative of twelve European top clubs.

“I think this project is now over for good, or at least for twenty years,” Ceferin said on Wednesday of the Super League, which is still promoted by the presidents of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin.

UEFA is currently engaged in a legal battle with the three clubs. Last year, she launched disciplinary proceedings against the three ‘mutineers’, which are currently on hold after a Spanish court found the charges invalid. In addition, a procedure is underway at the European Court of Justice. Ceferin declined to comment on legal developments at the Congress in Vienna. “We must respect the courts and wait for their decision,” said the UEFA president and lawyer diplomatically.

UEFA, in turn, must also answer questions. For example, the Spanish court asked the Court of Justice to investigate possible abuse by UEFA of its “dominant position”. The Court must give its answer at the end of the year.

However, Ceferin assured that UEFA was not in a monopoly position and did not infringe European competition law. “No one is obliged to play in our competitions and no federation is forced to join UEFA,” it said. “Everyone has the right to create their own federation and to play in their own league. Then of course you can’t play in ours,” said the UEFA president.

With his statement, Ceferin also responded to the fact that several Super League clubs stated last year that they wished to continue playing football in the national championships and UEFA competitions, while also creating their own lucrative league. “The whole situation is a bit of a mess right now,” admitted Ceferin, who hoped the situation would be resolved soon.

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