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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has accused Manchester United executive Ed Woodward of being a “snake”, following the European Super League formation news.
United are one of the six Premier League clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal) that will quit UEFA’s Champions League and form a new Super League which would see the founding members taking part in the competition every year, despite their results.
“I cannot stress more strongly at this moment Uefa and the footballing world stand united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposal,” Ceferin said in a news conference.
“If I start with [Manchester United vice executive chairman] Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP [Financial Fair Play], when obviously he had already signed something else.
“Andrea Agnelli [Juventus chairman] is the biggest disappointment of all, I’ve never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable. We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us. Now we know.”
Then UEFA president added: “These are so-called big clubs, it is clear that the big clubs of today were not always big clubs. Juventus were in Serie B, Man United before Sir Alex Ferguson was I don’t know where.
“I am happy this has happened, finally. Now you see who is who. You see who loves football, who is in football for the love of the game.”