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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Calls Manchester United And Juventus Chiefs 'Snakes'

Ryan Sidle

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Calls Manchester United And Juventus Chiefs 'Snakes'

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has come out swinging against the clubs who have signed up for the European Super League.


Even before Sunday's announcement by the 12 clubs involved in the Super League, UEFA were set to make a statement on the new plans for the Champions League.

The change in format, and the increase from 32 to 36 fans, had been agreed by the six Premier League, three La Liga and three Serie A teams involved with the 'ESL,' before they decided to go their own way.

Confirming that Manchester United vice president Ed Woodward had agreed the terms set out by UEFA, Ceferin didn't hold back in criticising the much maligned executive.

"I was a criminal lawyer for 24 years but I've never, ever, seen people like that," Ceferin said during his press conference on Monday.

"Ed Woodward called me last Thursday evening saying he's very satisfied with and fully supports the [Champions League] reforms and the only thing he wanted to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else.

Woodward watching United. Image: PA Images
Woodward watching United. Image: PA Images

"Andrea Agnelli is the biggest disappointment of all, I've never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It's unbelievable.

"We didn't know we had snakes working close to us, but now we know.

"I met many liars in football and many people I trust. If I mention a few. I trust the clubs from France and Germany, who resisted this temptation. Football is not all corrupt. Just a small part, led by greed and people who don't care about anything else."

Incredibly Ceferin is actually the godfather of Agnelli's daughter!

Agnelli watching Juventus. Image: PA Images
Agnelli watching Juventus. Image: PA Images

The UEFA president also confirmed that the governing body are looking into whether they could ban players who take part in the Super League from playing in the Euros.

"We're still assessing the situation with our legal team. It's a bit too early.

"We will take all the sanctions that we can... and we will inform you as soon as we have a clear answer. My opinion is that, as soon as possible, the players have to be banned from all our competitions."

It remains to be seen if players will actually be banned from international competitions should the Super League go ahead but it could be a deterrent.

Do you think the Super League will happen? Let us know your thoughts.

Topics: European Super League, ed woodward, Football, Manchester United, Serie A, UEFA, Premier League, Juventus, Champions League

Ryan Sidle
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