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UEFA President fires shots at Barcelona, Madrid over Super League: “No room for cartels”

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Barcelona have found itself at the centre of controversy once again after being accused of paying €7 million to Enriquez Negreira, the former vice president of the referee’s committee.

Aleksander Ceferin, who is set to retain his sole as the UEFA president, recently talked about the Negreira case, once again throwing a warning shot at Barça, referring to the case as the “most serious he has ever seen”.

The UEFA president, in a recent interview, has also talked about Barcelona’s involvement in the European Super League project and called out them and other clubs involved – Real Madrid and Juventus, citing them as a ‘cartel’.

“Those who promoted that project say they want to save football. The Super League has become a Little Red Hood character, a wolf disguised as a grandmother.

“Who are they kidding? To nobody. They are cartels above meritocracy and democracy. It’s the money over the trophies. There is no room for cartels in European football,” Ceferin said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Football does not belong to anyone, in reality it belongs to all of us. The general interest must be above the individual interest of three clubs, two financiers and their spokesperson,” he added.

Ceferin has defended the model represented by the English Premier League, stating that it was created through an egalitarian and supportive system between its clubs and should be imitated.

“Jealousy is a bad adviser. Before it was UEFA that was criticized, now it seems that it is the Premier League that is demonized and should be overthrown.

“The Premier League was created through an egalitarian and supportive system between its clubs. More than a model to destroy is one to imitate,” he added.

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