UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin on fairness, competition, and keeping in touch with reality
The beautiful game has been through some ugly patches in its time. Few can have been uglier, however, than the 2015 corruption scandal and the arrest of seven officials from the world governing body FIFA at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zürich. Later that year Michel Platini, then President of the European footballing body UEFA, was completely banned from football administration.
Platini was replaced at UEFA and as Vice-President of FIFA in 2016 by the then little-known Aleksander Čeferin, a lawyer and President of the Football Association of Slovenia. During a Distinguished Speaker Seminar at Oxford Saïd on 13 June 2019 Rupert Younger, Director of the Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation, quizzed Čeferin about what he was doing to restore the reputation of world football.