Alexander Ceferin, president of UEFA
“Bein Sports” published clips of Ceferin’s interview with her, which will be broadcast in full next Saturday.
“You feel betrayed and angry,” Ceferin told bein Sports about the European Super League.
“When I focused on it, I said to myself: You better know who he is? I was sure on Sunday morning that we (UEFA) will win and we will not allow that to happen (the European Super League),” he added.
“Now I got to know our friends and football friends well, who have ties to the big clubs who respect values and history and know the value of honor,” he added.
He stressed, “I want to refer to 3 people, namely Joachim Vatsky from Borussia Dortmund, Karl Hans Rummenigge, Bayern Munich President, and Nasser Al-Khulaifi, owner of Paris Saint-Germain, who was present at the right time, supported us and played an important role in our success in what we call the football war.”
He criticized the European Super League project, saying: “The project is not logical, and it is unbelievable. They underestimated associations, governments, fans, old and current football players. They think about money and this is wrong.”
He continued, “The project was bad and was not going to be an important competition, but in addition to that, they underestimated the power of society. As I said before, football is our game for all of us and we have passed that.”
“We are here and when we leave, football will continue. What happened was a big mistake, and I don’t think we should talk a lot about it, and they should understand what they committed and not try to present these silly ideas,” he said.
He returned to pay tribute to Nasser Al-Khelaifi, “He became president of the European Club Association, and this is a right decision, because we need people who love and understand football to join us.”
“He is a leading figure and all that matters to us is to cooperate with each other as it is now, and of course we will find solutions for football in the future, which found an honest, fair person who works for the community.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Milan, Inter, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have decided to establish the European Super League.
Before the English clubs withdrew first, then Milan, Inter and Atletico Madrid, only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remained in the tournament.
Turning to the discussion about the situation of workers who are building stadiums in Qatar in preparation for hosting the 2022 World Cup, he said, “I think that the Qatari authorities have done a tremendous work in order to improve the situation (of workers).”
He continued, “I visited Qatar last January and I saw that the situation was amazing. As for the pleasure of organizing a meeting that brings together 55 European federations with the Qatar Football Association.”
He concluded: “We will present everything to them and show them the situation, and we must exchange information before we perpetuate anyone.”