UEFA Chief of Football Zvonimir Boban quits

The development comes after Ceferin looks to make changes in statutes that would allow him to extend his term in office

By Web Desk
January 25, 2024
Boban, a former AC Milan midfielder and captain of Croatia, penned an open letter. - UEFA

UEFA's Chief of Football Zvonimir Boban has quit European soccer's governing body in protest against its president Aleksandar Ceferin.

The development comes after Ceferin looks to make changes in statutes that would allow him to extend his term in office.

Boban, a former AC Milan midfielder and captain of Croatia, penned an open letter, published by Croatian website Telesport, to reveal his decision.

"I'm sorry and I'm sad, but I'm leaving UEFA," Boban said in the letter.

Boban added that Ceferin's support for a move to change UEFA's rules at its next Congress on February 8 was the reason behind his exit. The changes would pave Ceferin’s path to stand for re-election when his current four-year term finishes in 2027.

UEFA's current rules prevent the president and members of the Executive Committee from running for office more than three times, or staying in their posts for more than 12 years.

"Paradoxically, it was Ceferin who proposed and launched the package of reforms in 2017 that were supposed to protect UEFA and European football," Boban said.

"His departure from these values and changes in the main reforms are difficult to understand, especially in this delicate football time.

"If I were to accept such a difficult and wrong decision and turn my head, I would be going against the principles and general values in which I deeply believe.

"I am not playing any hero, and I know very well that many are of the same opinion — perhaps naive, but certainly correct."

Ceferin was re-elected UEFA president unopposed at the governing body's Ordinary Congress in Lisbon in April last year. 

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