The European football governing body Uefa has been criticised for its handling of compensation for supporters who miss out on the Euro 2020 finals due to travel restrictions. Aleksander Ceferin, its president, has said that the issue has been “far from fair”.
Football’s big four are all set to take their show on the road for the forthcoming Euro 2020 tournament. It’s a very exciting prospect, but the experience of travelling to a different country every week could leave the players with massive jet lag, and that could be the difference between reaching the final and going home early.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer wears rainbow armband against Hungary
Neuer was originally due to be investigated by Uefa, but that was dropped and although Ceferin says Uefa has a clear position on discrimination, he says he cannot allow the organisation to be drawn into a political battle.
My personal views on human rights and diversity, and those of the Uefa, are clear, he said.
The problem is that we have received a letter asking us to light up the stadium in rainbow colours to protest against a European government and parliament.
The Uefa is an organisation where, according to the statutes, we are not allowed to interfere in politics. We punish people when they become politically active. We cannot protest against any government and we will not be drawn into a political battle.
But our position is clear, we have shown it many times and we will show it again in the future.
Maybe we need to adapt to the changing times. As for Neuer, I’m sure we did the right thing in stopping him [investigating] and didn’t open disciplinary proceedings.
Ceferin is also convinced that Uefa’s concussion protocols have worked after the incidents at the tournament.
France defender Benjamin Pavard played against Germany at Euro 2020 despite briefly being unconscious, while Austrian Christoph Baumgartner scored the winner against Ukraine despite being assessed for a head injury after an airborne collision three minutes earlier.
He was replaced shortly after the goal.
These situations were handled correctly and we will strive to improve them in the future, Ceferin said.
He also thinks it’s fair that England play Italy in the final because they are the two best teams.
It’s an interesting final, Ceferin said.
England played like Italy used to play and Italy attacked a lot and got open.
I’m looking forward to it. A lot of Italians live in London and there will be a great atmosphere and the end of the Euro.
This will be the light at the end of the tunnel that will show that we are finally overcoming this health crisis.
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