UEFA open to non-European Champions League final

first_img(BBC) – THE Champions League final could be played outside of Europe, says new president Aleksander Ceferin.The Slovenian will revive an open bidding process to host the final and is open to it being staged in New York.“It might be an idea but we have to speak about it,” said Ceferin, who was named head of European football’s governing body last month.The 61 finals have all been held in Europe but Ceferin said travel to the U.S. would be “no problem” for fans.He added: “To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York.“It’s a European competition so let’s think about it.”As it stands, UEFA awards the finals without any tendering process, with stadium hosts decided in secret by the leadership.“The bidding process should be very clear because if you get the Champions League finals or Europa League finals as a political favour then it’s not OK,” Ceferin said.last_img

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