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UEFA President Has Some Controversial Plans For The Champions League Final

UEFA President Has Some Controversial Plans For The Champions League Final

On the 14th of September 2016, Aleksander Čeferin was elected the president of UEFA after receiving an incredible 42 votes in the election process. Now, just over a month later, the Slovenian has put his neck on the line with a rather surprising proposition.

Ceterin has hinted that the UEFA Champions League final could be played outside of Europe

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The 49-year-old is open to it being staged in New York, as he believes fans will be prepared to travelling to America if the venue was changed.

Ceterin's proposition has certainly been met with a mixed reaction but many suggested the problem with playing the tie in U.S time would be critical, but UEFA's president has played down these reports:

Champions League
Champions League

When asked about the possibility of having the Champions League outside of Europe, here's what Ceterin said in full:

""It might be an idea but we have to speak about it. To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York.

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"It's a European competition so let's think about it.

"The bidding process should be very clear because if you get the Champions League finals or Europa league finals as a political favour then it's not OK.

"From a financial point of view it's not ideal," Ceferin said. "We should think also about other markets, but how to do it exactly I'm not sure yet.

"China is financially interesting and the US is not just financially interesting, but football is growing there."

What do you think about the possibility of having a Champions League final outside of Europe?

Is it really practical?

Let us know.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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