Super League would have cost big clubs their popularity - Ceferin

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UEFA is still waiting for more details on FIFA's ambitious plans for two new global competitions, almost one year after they were first aired, the President of European soccer's ruling body said Thursday.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin delivers his speech during the 43rd UEFA congress in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 7.

His most notable achievements have been introducing term limits for UEFA presidents - to a maximum of three four-year stints - and, according to one of those close to him, "maintaining unity in European football".

The Slovenian football official succeeded Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned in early 2016 after he had been suspended from all football related activities for four years.

"A clear message: while the two of us continue to lead our respective organisations, there will be no Super League".

Before the confirmation of his second term, Ceferin recalled that ahead of his 2016 election there were reports Europe's top clubs planned a breakaway league, yet that had been averted through "honest, direct and uncompromising" talks with clubs.

There have been suggestions that Uefa would stop short of imposing such a harsh punishment on clubs the size of City and PSG - who have also been accused of breaching FFP rules - because of the potential damage their exclusion could do to the Champions League as a competition.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, meanwhile, said a task force set up to look at possible formats for the competitions may not complete its report by March as originally scheduled.

The Slovenian lawyer says "we have to have in mind presumption of innocence". "My answer is no", said Ceferin.

Uefa has now responded by agreeing a new "memorandum of understanding" with the European Club Association, expiring in 2024.

The 45-year-old had been elected at the end of January at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the European Club Association (ECA) which defends the interests of big European clubs and is chaired by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli. UEFA member voters gave Greg Clarke a 37-18 win over David Martin, the Northern Ireland federation president.

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