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UEFA will be tough over FFP - Ceferin


UEFA will be tough on clubs in breach of FFP - president

Exclusive: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin tells Gab Marcotti the governing body will do everything to ensure a fair financial playing field.
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ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti sits down exclusively with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who defends the process for selecting a UCL final host city.
UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about FIFA's recent proposal of a Global Nations League.

KIEV, Ukraine -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says he has faith in the Financial Fair Play (FFP) process, which he believes treats every club the same.

In August, Ceferin said his organisation would not be a "tiger without teeth" when it came to clubs who breach FFP regulations, the set of rules that link club spending to revenues over a three-year period.

"I completely trust the division of UEFA that is taking care of it and I trust our independent bodies," Ceferin told ESPN on Friday. "We...

Match-fixing raids launched before Champions League final - Ukraine police

The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, will host the Champions League final on Saturday.

Police in Ukraine have accused most of the country's professional football clubs of match-fixing and launched a series of raids as Kiev prepares to host the Champions League final on Saturday.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said 35 clubs took part in betting scams with total profits of about $5 million a year as players and referees were threatened or bribed up to 100,000 hryvnya ($3,800) to ensure a result in 57 games.

Ahead of the game between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium,...

Ukraine covers up logos of Champions League sponsor Gazprom

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Sadio Mane explains why Liverpool will have nothing to fear when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists his side have just as much hunger as Liverpool ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.
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The logo of major Champions League sponsor Gazprom has been removed from UEFA-branded material on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine, ahead of Saturday's final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

The presence of Russia's state gas company angered some Ukrainians, so the logos were hurriedly removed from a "Champions Festival" on Kiev's main street.

As of Tuesday, tarpaulins covered boards bearing sponsor names to hide the Gazprom logo, and other displays were folded in half.

The cover-up is explicitly...

FIFA vs. UEFA: Tensions escalate over Club World Cup and Global Nations League

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino discusses the proposed transfer window changes and addresses inequalities within leagues with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti the World Cup 'cannot afford' to be decided by an incorrect refereeing decision.

UEFA raised strong objections on Wednesday to what had seemed to be the unstoppable force of FIFA's $25 billion remodelling of world football.

A UEFA Professional Football Strategy Committee meeting in Lyon, France, brought together the representatives of the European football confederation, the European Clubs Association, the European Leagues lobby group and the European division of the world players' association, FIFPro. The key item on the agenda was FIFA's proposal for a 24-team Club World...

FIFA's Club World Cup, Global Nations League plans concern UEFA

FIFA president Gianni Infantino
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to change the Club World Cup and revamp international friendlies.

UEFA is concerned about the pace and process of FIFA pressing to accept a $25 billion, 12-year deal for two new competitions.

The organisation's Professional Football Strategy Council met on Wednesday and released a statement casting doubt on FIFA president Gianni Infantino's hopes of reaching an agreement on the expansion of the Club World Cup and the creation of a Global Nations League before the World Cup begins in Russia next month.

"The PFSC unanimously expressed serious reservations about...

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UEFA president Ceferin slams 'strange' FIFA over Club World Cup and Nations League

Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities arrives at Sochi's Fisht Stadium, which will host six World Cup matches this summer.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has launched a fierce attack on FIFA over its proposed expansion of the Club World Cup and handling of the new Nations League.

Reports this week suggested Premier League sides Manchester United and Manchester City were among seven clubs involved in a meeting over a revamped Club World Cup, the competition which in its current form features the winners of the Champions League and its equivalent in each FIFA confederation along with the host nation's league champion.