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UEFA President Ceferin criticizes Europe's top leagues


AP

Published 4:59 a.m. ET April 5, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

HELSINKI (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin accused Europe’s top leagues of attempting to “blackmail” the governing body on Wednesday.

The European Professional Football Leagues, which represents leagues from 25 countries, has been critical of UEFA since being left out of key talks on changing Champions League entries and prize money distribution.

A deal between the EPFL and UEFA to avoid schedule clashes expired last month, and the EPFL said its leagues would now be free to organize games at the same time as Champions League or Europa League matches.

“We will never give in to the blackmail of those who think they can manipulate small leagues or impose their will on the associations because they think they are all powerful on account of the astronomical revenues they generate,” Ceferin said at the UEFA Congress.

Ceferin also said UEFA was considering action on sexual abuse…

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