Ceferin also criticizes Klopp: UEFA boss is not afraid of the Super League

Aleksander Ceferin is facing an important appointment at the European Court of Justice: The court will decide on the Super League, with which top European clubs once wanted to open up new sources of money.

Ceferin also criticizes Klopp: UEFA boss is not afraid of the Super League

Aleksander Ceferin is facing an important appointment at the European Court of Justice: The court will decide on the Super League, with which top European clubs once wanted to open up new sources of money. Regardless of the outcome of the case, the project is dead, Ceferin said.

Despite the upcoming trial before the European Court of Justice, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin does not fear that the controversial Super League project will still be implemented. "Whatever the court's decision, it doesn't change anything: the project is dead because nobody wants to take part," said the 54-year-old in an interview with the Italian sports newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport". In the dispute over the foundation of the league consisting of top European clubs, negotiations are scheduled for mid-July. Previously, however, numerous clubs had already turned away from the project, which is still being operated by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus Turin.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf recently sharply condemned the plans for the Super League. "Sport has to make it clear - this topic cannot be overestimated - that it wants to serve the common good and not the interests of a few. The Super League plans are a frontal attack on the European sports model," Neuendorf said in a digital media round.

The dispute over the founding of the Super League will be brought before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in mid-July. Oral hearings are scheduled for July 11 and 12 at the highest European court in Luxembourg. The lawsuit was filed by the European Superleague Company in a court in Madrid, which in turn appealed to the ECJ. "The federal government plans to be represented at the event. I am grateful to Nancy Faeser that the Ministry of Sports is taking a clear position here," explained Neuendorf.

The 60-year-old emphasized the importance of current European football competitions. "Very few people know that the income from the big competitions also contributes significantly to the financing of mass sport. A Superliga would serve that less. That can't be in the interest of our sport," said Neuendorf.

In addition to his clear words about plans for a European Super League to compete with the UEFA Champions League, Ceferin also had German coach Jürgen Klopp and his Spanish colleague Pep Guardiola. "It's easy to always attack FIFA and UEFA, but the discussion is simple: if you play less, salaries go down," he said. The two Premier League coaches had previously criticized plans for more tournaments and therefore more games.

"Anyone who should complain is that the workers are in the factories with thousands of euros a month," said Ceferin. Ceferin also criticized the attitude of many clubs to the issue of stress in international competitions. "Everyone wants more cup games, then there are championships with 20 teams, national cups and in some countries a league cup. Nobody gives up anything," criticized the UEFA President.

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