UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on Thursday vowed there would never be a breakaway European Super League during his term in office.

Ceferin — set to be reelected for a four-year term later Thursday at the organisation’s Congress in Rome — said both he and Andrea Agnelli, president of the European Club Association (ECA), were united in opposing the initiative.


“A clear message: while the two of us continue to lead our respective organisations, there will be no Super League. This is not a promise. It is a fact,” Ceferin told the Congress.

“To prove it, yesterday (Wednesday) we signed a memorandum of understanding with the ECA that runs until 2024. And this is only the start.”

Leaked emails and documents published last November claimed that a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick off as early as 2021.

“As the media revealed in November, it seems that, shortly before and in the months following my election, a handful of big European clubs were considering a breakaway,” continued Ceferin.

“We talked to each other. We listened to each other. We understood each other. Today, we are united again.

“Andrea, thank you for everything you have done over the last few months to bring European football together again behind a common ideal.”

Agnelli, also chairman of Italian giants Juventus, on Wednesday hailed the agreement as “an important moment in the history of European football”.

Ceferin, a 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer, took over as UEFA president two and a half years ago after a corruption scandal toppled his predecessor Michel Platini, and is the only candidate going forward for election in Rome.

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