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FA likely to vote against UEFA rule change amid City’s FFP verdict

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The English Football Association (FA) is set to vote against Aleksander Ceferin’s controversial reforms of UEFA’s rulebook. It is because it includes him staying on as president for 15 years.

Ceferin was elected in 2016 after Michel Platini’s controversial nine-year stint came to an end. At the start of his reign he madr several reforms. One of his reforms was to prevent any president from serving more than three terms in charge.

However, he is now attempting to change this rule so that he can continue to serve until 2031. Ceferin has tabled an amendment stating that periods of office that began before July 2017 should not count. Having served the final three years of Platini’s term from 2016 before being officially elected three years later.

Former Manchester United CEO David Gill is said to have been leading the charge to oppose Ceferin’s plan. It comes after UEFA’s technical director Zvonimir Boban quit his role. That was in protest to Ceferin’s intention to remain in charge for a fourth term.

Ceferin, recently claimed that UEFA were correct to charge City with breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Though it was despite the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Overturning the ban, has insisted that the rules would need to be amended. They’re happening at the next congress. It takes place in Paris on Thursday.

FA to vote against UEFA:

The Slovenian is currently due to stand down in 2027. However, now, The Athletic are claiming that the FA is set to vote against the amendments. This is 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. The FA are also thought to be behind the number of places set aside for women on key committees. Moreover , they’re a renewed statement of opposition to the European Super League.

Despite the FA’s opposition, Ceferin’s changes are expected to be passed with strong support from UEFA’s other 55 member associations.

Now we’ve to wait and see what happens next.

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