UEFA current president Aleksander Ceferin’s attempts to change the rules to see him stay in position has invited backlash from the English Football Association(FA).
The Engllish Football Association(FA) look set to vote against Aleksander Ceferin’s controversial reforms of the UEFA rulebook. This decision comes as the rule change includes him staying on as president for 15 years.
Ceferin was elected in 2016 after Michel Platini’s controversial 9 year period came to an end.
Ironically at the start of his reign, one of his reforms was to prevent any president from serving more than 3 terms in charge.
However, he’s now attempting to change this rule so that he can continue to serve until 2031. Ceferin has put forward an amendment stating that periods of office that began before July 2017 should not count.
The battle between the FA and UEFA President
Former Manchester United CEO David Gill is leading the protest against Ceferin’s plans. It comes after UEFA’s technical director Zvonimir Boban resigned in protest to Ceferin’s intention to remain in charge for a 4th term.
Ceferin also recently claimed that UEFA were correct to charge City with breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. He insists that the rules need amendment at the next congress – which takes place in Paris on Thursday.
Ceferin is currently due to stand down from his position as the President in 2027. The Athletic report that the FA look set to vote against the amendments. Despite agreeing with a large portion of the reforms.
It’s said that the England governing body believe the spirit of the 2017 reforms were clear and Ceferin’s term limit had already started.
Despite the FA’s opposition, expectations are Ceferin’s changes may pass with strong support from UEFA’s other 55 member associations.