Football is not for sale - Uefa president Ceferin

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Aleksander CeferinCeferin criticised plans for a revamped European Super League in a news conference just hours after they were announced

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said "football is not for sale" after a revamped European Super League was proposed.

In 2021, 12 teams signed up to the ESL - a breakaway European tournament to rival current Uefa competitions.

On Thursday, the European Court of Justice ruled that banning clubs from joining the league was unlawful and the revamped ESL was outlined hours later.

"I hope they know what they are doing but I am not so sure about that," Ceferin told a news conference.

He added: "We will not try to stop them. They can create whatever they want."

The new proposal - put forward by A22, who backed the original ESL - is for a league system which would include 64 men's clubs and 32 women's clubs.

Associations across Europe were quick to condemn the project, including the Premier League, which said in a statement it will "continue to reject any such concept" as the ESL.

"Supporters are of vital importance to the game and they have time and again made clear their opposition to a 'breakaway' competition that severs the link between domestic and European football," the statement added.

Manchester United said they remain "fully committed" to Uefa competitions while Bayern Munich said "the door for the Super League remains closed".

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