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Gianni Infantino
Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020. An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way that such an event requires.feedback
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Sep 17 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about UEFA. 99 people are quoted and you can read 212 citations of them about UEFA. Aleksander Ceferin, Michel Platini and José Mourinho, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Aleksander Ceferin said: “I am very serious. We will try to help [the clubs understand the rules]. We will try to advise them on FFP. But if they don't comply we will punish, and we will punish severely.”.
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Javier Tebas

We carried out this study of all the accounts, comparing the different income streams, sponsorship, etc. PSG has a lot more from sponsorship than Manchester United. That is impossible. That is financial doping.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I thought that [Financial] Fair Play was made so that situations like that can't happen.feedback

Theo van Seggelen

Football's enormous wealth is trapped, research shows, within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance, which is one of the fundamental objectives of the transfer system. FIFPro claims the inflated and distorted market, with escalating transfer fees at the heart of it, has helped to destroy competitive balance. The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal.feedback

Steve Frosdick

Venues have been increasing their 24/7 deterrence arrangements to make hostile reconnaissance more difficult. At matches, spectators will not notice some of the changes, for example plain-clothes personnel trained to watch for suspicious appearance or behaviour. But they might notice the adoption of a layered security approach with additional measures as they get closer to the stadium. Hostile vehicle mitigation and searching may be more thorough and there may be restrictions on bags.feedback

Steve Frosdick

Then the Manchester bombing showed there were no low-risk events any more. Stadiums, clubs and national associations have all been upgrading their counter-terror security measures and Uefa has been providing training and support.feedback

Paul Pogba

It will send a message to everyone that we are all the same on the pitch wherever you come from.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

It's true that our problem was to have had 19 players that did not count as home-grown for the Champions League squad [including Lamela and Janssen]. It's unbelievable that Eric Dier is not home-grown when he's playing for England. That is so strange, no? It kills a little bit our possibilities.feedback

Louis Van Gaal

Football is not the most pure world. I've been working in it for 46 years now. As an individual, I cannot change that world. UEFA and FIFA should do that. But at the moment, the clubs seem to have more power than those two bodies.feedback

Juergen Klopp

It is pretty certain he'll not be available for the majority of the Champions League group matches. If we are fortunate enough to still be in UEFA competition in the New Year he could be added to the squad then. The medical guys are pleased with how he is responding and Nathaniel has shown a really strong attitude, given he is not someone who is used to being out injured.feedback

Arsene Wenger

Do I want to get rid of Financial Fair Play? I think so because there are too many legal ways to get around it. The question, at least, has to be raised.feedback

Javier Tebas

If we see that there is no future for that, we will take it to the competition authorities in Brussels and, after that, potentially the courts.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We have just implemented pro bono counsels and also the process will be free for the players. We need to guarantee doping cases are fair not only for UEFA but also for the players.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We need to demonstrate the player is cheating. For the moment we have a positive report from the lab and now the UEFA inspector needs to prove he's in breach of the regulations.feedback

Emilio Garcia

The problem is limited. We are dealing with between three to five cases a year in UEFA competitions. Most of these cases are linked with recreational drugs. When we have a doping case everybody thinks the player is guilty. This is something we are trying to change.feedback

Emilio Garcia

When you impose a two-year ban or a four-year ban you need to be absolutely sure. It's the life of the individual.feedback

Emilio Garcia

This is a global phenomenon. It would be a good idea if the states go ahead with something about supplements. But even if the states go ahead with this policy then you can buy supplements via the internet with one click. The problem is really, really difficult.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We have just introduced public hearings for doping cases. We don't need to hide anything.feedback

Josep Bartomeu

The renewal is included in the accounts for the closing of this season. There are no problems. It's just the protocol of the signature. We're relaxed. We've had schedule problems [which is why it hasn't already been announced. I don't see that [Messi being unhappy]. Focused, yes, very. I saw him the other day on the trip to the UEFA event. He was relaxed, happy. We speak regularly with the players.feedback

Charlie Stillitano

I talked to contacts within FIFA, UEFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL and I think it's almost a given that it's going to be in the US. I'd be shocked if they lost.feedback

Javier Tebas

PSG and Man City's funding by state aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry. UEFA must enforce FFP regulations to avoid discrimination among clubs.feedback

Javier Tebas

PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations for years. It is important that UEFA doesn't just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG's history of non-compliance. The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG. PSG and Man City's funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry. UEFA must enforce FFP regulations to avoid discrimination among clubs.feedback

Lionel Messi

During the course of my career, our beloved sport has taught me many things, but above all it's shown me that football really is a universal game that is accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I am very serious. We will try to help [the clubs understand the rules]. We will try to advise them on FFP. But if they don't comply we will punish, and we will punish severely.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Lukaku called me and said: 'Bro, can I get the No 9 shirt?'. I said: 'I'm not on that level that I will make it difficult for you, I just want you to feel happy and feel welcome, so I give you the No 9 but I will take the No 10.' That's the way we do it. We took three new players and with these three new players the team is stronger. And signing Lukaku makes us even stronger because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from [Marcus] Rashford as a striker.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

I'm happy [Lukaku] came and I think the team is much stronger this season than last season. Obviously we lost (Wayne) Rooney as a legend for the club, but we've got three new players and they have made the team stronger.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

For the first year going, the team has been winning some trophies and learning the sacrifice you have to do to win the trophies and the mental part and that is what the coach brought to the team, the mental thing, and me as a player also.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

I am happy he came. I think the team is much stronger this season, although we lost Rooney, a legend. Signing Lukaku makes us even stronger because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from [Marcus] Rashford as a striker. He is a powerful guy and he brings extra qualities in a game.feedback

Hans-Joachim Watzke - Borussia Dortmund

I am of the opinion that UEFA and the ECA (European Club Association) should jointly decide that the transfer window does not end in the season. It would mean we could all talk about soccer, about the season – something all fans could look forward to.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

When you start the official games you do expect it. When we were on the tour we said we were preparing to compete on August 8 [the date of the UEFA Super Cup] and when we did we played well.feedback

Rafael Benitez - Newcastle United

Yes, I left Valencia. We won La Liga after 31 years and they gave me zero. Then we won the league and Uefa Cup and I had to go because there were promises and they didn't keep their word. I have four clubs coming for me and I said if you don't keep your word …. I was expecting something in the summer and it didn't happen. Now I want to be sure of doing the right things to be a little better. We will see where we are at the end of August. The main thing is we have to stick together and move forward.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

I have already had contact with the new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and I feel he wants to start a new attempt at the European Commission. It is a good idea that football should also have a special status for the introduction of salary caps. I believe that after the Neymar case, the readiness to do so in the EU could be greater.feedback

Mutiu Adepoju

We are the champions! Real Madrid are the greatest team in history. Winning . I'm so proud to have played for Madridistas! #HalaMadrid.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar -- the problem is the consequences. He wants to get the cup, the medal and be in the pictures but one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control. It's very hard to control a player in this situation and UEFA should consider this. It's not a normal match -- it's a cup, a medal, a celebration. It's everything.feedback

Juan Mata

A voluntary act ends up built into the structure of the game, something that's there at all levels. If Fifa and Uefa embrace it, that would be great.feedback

Javier Tebas

We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to LaLiga, want to benefit from the rights of our organisation. If UEFA don't react, we will present our case immediately. We haven't done it yet because we thought that UEFA were going to take measures to ensure that Financial Fair Play is respected, and this 'financial doping' is avoided.feedback

Borja Mayoral

It was important to go back with the sensation of having won, but of course now we're going to look forward to the UEFA Super Cup which is an important game coming up.feedback

Javier Tebas

Even if PSG do not meet [Neymar's] release clause we are going to report them [to Uefa]. We have already warned the president of Paris Saint-Germain that we would do so and we see that PSG's policy has continued in the same manner.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

This is pre-season and I'm sure that the results we've achieved weren't what we were expecting, but this doesn't alter anything. The important thing is to be ready for 8 August. I saw some good things out there, but also some things I didn't like. We've got to be patient, work hard and be ready for the UEFA Super Cup.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

They have to pay the clause, down to the last peseta. We want Neymar to stay but the clauses are there. If he wants to go, they can pay it and he goes. UEFA has Fair Play controls and if any club exceeds them, they will be punished.feedback

Marco Fassone

There are long-term plans that we have submitted to a board of directors which should be a guarantee and we have submitted to UEFA a voluntary agreement which everyone knows about, it's public and should president Pallotta wish to see it, I am absolutely open to this opportunity.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I don't know but I think it was with Roncaglia, right? Roncaglia's not new in these kind of situations and probably Eric was a bit naive. We lose a very important player for the final and we don't have many.feedback

Roy Hodgson

I don't think you can link managers in the Premier League to quality of coaching in Scotland or courses offered there. The Premier League is awash with money. Every time a club there seeks a manager it doesn't look, as in the past, to the British Isles; it looks to the whole world. There are only 20 clubs in an enormous Premier League market. But it's nothing to do with the coaching; both the English and Scottish Uefa Pro Licences are amongst the most highly regarded in Europe.feedback

Gianni Infantino

I have been very open and transparent about that. Uefa has given me a budget of €500,000 to fund flights – mainly flights – around the world. I have communicated this information to Fifa's electoral committee and on my website as well.feedback

Nilla Fischer

I haven't had any contact with Uefa about it but I'd be very interested in talking to them. I think their opinion is that it would be a political statement but 'Say no to racism' is also one if you want to compare the two. Racism is a really, really important issue and a particularly big problem in the men's game but I'd be really interested in hearing why they will allow one and not the other; I've not asked to talk to them but, if the opportunity was given, I'd love to discuss it.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

In future, we will have to take into serious consideration the possibility of limiting clubs' budgets for players' wages. The wealthiest clubs are only getting richer and the gap between them and the rest is getting bigger.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

Those who have the most money are the strongest and have the best connections in the media. If we succeed, it will, in my opinion, be a historic change.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

The LFP and UEFA make recommendations but nobody sets a salary cap. We are above what is recommended but the important thing is to be sustainable. We can afford it.feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

The fact is they are 23 years old, they have played in national cups, they have won the Bundesliga, played in UEFA tournaments and played in the Champions League.feedback

Dan Reed - Facebook

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, so we're thrilled to partner with FOX Sports to deliver live matches to fans on Facebook in the U.S. next season. This collaboration unlocks new distribution for FOX, giving the network a national platform for matches that won't always be televised. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.feedback

David Nathanson - Fox

Facebook is a social media powerhouse and a great partner to help us grow soccer in the United States. As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year's UEFA Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.feedback

Rachel Yankey

I think there are different ways to coach. I think there can be a different way of thinking, a different way of seeing things. Perhaps [female coaches can bring] more empathy. You're talking to players and understanding what's going on, how they're feeling. As a manager you've got so much pressure, maybe women handle pressure in a different way. I'm not saying either is right or wrong. But I think there are different ways, so to have a coaching team that is diverse is surely better than everyone being the same.feedback

Rachel Yankey

I feel that I could have been given more of an opportunity to offer what I had as a footballer. Not just on the pitch but off it. I feel that I could have been offered more of an opportunity to give that to the team. But again, that's the manager's choice.feedback

Rachel Yankey

There are many things we need to do to make sure that it's seen as OK for females to play football, and seen as the norm for that to happen at an early age. The amount of parents I've spoken to about Footy Pups where they have told me their son or daughter has gone out into the garden and the first footballer they have wanted to be was a female. That's got to be a massive change.feedback

Rachel Yankey

But at the same time you hear some of the youngest kids say things like 'football is for boys and ballet is for girls'. And I wonder: 'where have you got that from? You must have got that information from somewhere …' I think the governing body, the coaches, the school teachers, the parents, everybody has to play a part. It has to be done together, we all have to appreciate that football is a game for all and that anybody can play it.feedback

Rachel Yankey

The whole way through my career, even when I was a 16 year old at Arsenal, I've played football but I've coached kids as well. I've always worked in schools and, I suppose, in the latter stages of my career, particularly at Arsenal these past few seasons, it's been more about teaching the youngsters what was important.feedback

Aidy Boothroyd

They have good organisation and had a good qualification, were unbeaten, and we saw them in their last two friendlies against Germany and Denmark. They had a problem against Germany and were very good against Denmark. Then they had a secret game against Iceland. We have some information but no pictures. We have the information we need.feedback

Lewis Baker

I think we have as much chance of winning the game as they have. They have won the tournament before, they're defending the trophy, and he's a coach who has won the tournament so he has one up on me.feedback

Lewis Baker

If he thinks we're favourites that's great. If he thinks we're big favourites perhaps they'll not turn up and just give us the points.feedback

Aidy Boothroyd

We've all think we've got a chance of winning it but we've all got to get out of the groups, make sure we play well and get the little bit of luck we need. It doesn't matter if we've favourites or not. There's mass exposure for this tournament and hopefully with me playing at my best it will open some eyes as well. If he thinks we're favourites that's great. If he thinks we're big favourites perhaps they'll not turn up and just give us the points.feedback

Lewis Baker

It's a great opportunity for exposure for all the players and I've had a great couple of season abroad but the focus is now on this tournament. There's mass exposure for this tournament and hopefully with me playing at my best it will open some eyes as well.feedback

Reinhard Grindel

We will discuss the new, complex political situation in the region and specifically in Qatar with the federal government. In such matters we will of course be in very close contact with UEFA [European football's governing body]. There are still five years to go before the World Cup starts. During this time priority should be given to political solutions rather than threats of boycott. But one thing is clear. The football community worldwide should agree that ... major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror.feedback

Alex Ferguson

It [the Champions League] is definitely the most entertaining tournament in football and players are big celebrities and see it as a platform to perform, enjoy themselves and excel to the best of their abilities.feedback

Alex Ferguson

Personally, I think you have a duty and responsibility to entertain, and if you keep doing that, you're going to have a bigger demand to watch these games we have to remember there's a public there to be entertained, and in my time at United it was 'as long as you win' – so if it was 4-3 or 5-4, then OK. My last game [against West Bromwich Albion] was 5-5 so I could have asked for more.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

They deserve to have a World Cup in the near future. I don't know how much encouragement they need, but they are capable of organising the World Cup, I'm sure. That's the decision of the Football Association, and if they decide to go, we will strongly support them. It's simply time for us to host the World Cup in 2030. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

It's simply time for us [Europe] to host the World Cup in 2030. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most. It just has to be a decision not just of the FA, probably also the government and others too. But they deserve to have a World Cup in the near future. They are capable of organising the World Cup, of that I'm sure. If they decide to go, we will strongly support them.feedback

Ryan Giggs

Two or three minutes to go, we get a corner in front of our own fans. One of them just rose and that gave us an extra push to score that goal. We managed to score from the corner and, after that, there was only going to be one winner.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

Rules cannot change just because we have some big sponsors. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most. It just has to be a decision not just of the (English) FA, probably also the government and others too. But they deserve to have a World Cup in the near future.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The President's award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. These attributes are personified by Francesco Totti – a man who has given around a quarter of a century of his life playing for his beloved AS Roma. Congratulations, Francesco, for a fantastic career and for your extraordinary loyalty and dedication, to Roma and to football.feedback

John Petter

Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public. These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers.feedback

Santiago Canizares

I had a really good time with the fans. It's impossible to live a match like that with a low pulse. I was sure they were going to lose the Mastercard challenge. It gives prestige to teams, there is the television rights, the fans. Winning the Champions League is the objective of all of the big teams at the start of the season and for some other sides I have played for, winning it was their biggest dream. It is the competition with the most emotions, one that the best players save themselves for. Without doubt, winning the Champions League means being the best team in the world.feedback

Santiago Canizares

It's a unique competition and, even though they have won it 11 times, Real Madrid fight tooth-and-nail to win it every year.feedback

Santiago Canizares

The Champions League is the title with the most prestige, that is something everybody agrees on.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

You know it's really hard. That's why yesterday we didn't want to have the press conference, because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and try to forget events that are much more important than our job. But the world goes on, it doesn't stop and we have to do our work and I agree with the Uefa decision to play the match but if we have questions like your questions that made us return to this tragedy, obviously it takes happiness from our achievement.feedback

Peter Bosz

What happened yesterday in Manchester was something that we all feel. On behalf of the players, staff and everyone at Ajax, we would like to express our sympathy with the victims that unfortunately fell. The feeling that prevails for me is that the final doesn't have this glow that it should have. Tomorrow evening should be a football feast, but because of the events in Manchester we are all affected. I think we only have a chance to beat Manchester if we play our own game. We have developed a way of playing this season that I always call the Ajax way of playing.feedback

Peter Bosz

Tomorrow should be a football feast but the events have affected it, especially as we are playing Manchester United. I offer my heartfelt sympathies.feedback

Peter Bosz

What happened in Manchester is something we all feel at Ajax and on behalf of all players at Ajax I express sympathies with everyone that fell yesterday. The feeling that prevails for me is that that final doesn't have this glow it should have. Of course we talked about this. Her name is Ariana Grande, I think about 10 days ago she was in Amsterdam and wives of players went with children, so it is something that really touches us. That's not up to us, I'm just the coach. Other people have to decide. I'm here for the game. It's terrible what happened there, I tried to express that.feedback

Lasse Schone

The coach just said it adequately, it takes away the sparkle. I'm trying not think about [it].feedback

Lasse Schone

Well, it was terrible for us as well. You read about it, it's devastating. The coach [Peter Bosz] just said Ariana Grande performed in Amsterdam. My wife and my child were there. It's so close, it's terrible, it's horrible.feedback

Ed Woodward

Manchester is a resilient city and I am sure that its people will defy the wishes of those who have perpetrated this awful crime and demonstrate what a magnificent place this is. The club provides counselling and support services in times of crisis; please do not be afraid to ask if you have been affected. As a sign of respect for the victims and their families, we have decided that we should cancel the event planned for tomorrow evening . We are sure that in the circumstances you will all understand and support this decision.feedback

Vincent Kompany

It's a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity. It's with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city's emergency services.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I am deeply saddened by the horrible terrorist attack in Manchester last night. It shocks me that so many innocent people lost their lives and I would like to send my condolences to the families of those affected.feedback

John Petter

Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public. These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers. We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage.feedback

Dani Ceballos

I have always had a great relationship with Alexis. The thing I'm focused on now is the game against Sporting and concentration on the under-21 [UEFA European Under-21 Championship], which we intend to win. From that point is where things will start to happen but I have three years on my contract with Betis and my future is here. It was my most complete match. Because I scored, did well and ran until the very last minute. The team left with a very good taste in their mouth.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

And if we win the trophy, David wins the trophy because he played two matches against Feyenoord and against Fenerbahce. But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final. Even if it was unfair, I don't think UEFA rules will allow any chance of an appeal. So I don't think he plays the final. And if he doesn't play the final, he has to play the remaining matches in the Premier League and give some rest to the others.feedback

Edwin van der Sar

The Dutch league is not one of the strongest five leagues in the world or even Europe and that's why it is difficult to maintain. But at the moment we are in now, reaching a semi and hopefully a final, we have to take it on to next year. Ajax has always been about homegrown players developed in a small country. The importance of having youth players combined with one or two buys is what has made our tremendous current season. It has been 25 years this week since we played Torino in the final of the UEFA Cup and won the tournament. Here at Ajax it has been too quiet for the last 20 years.feedback

Rik Lewin

There was no way I was going to miss this game. It is the stuff of dreams and we are still dreaming.feedback

Francesco Baranca

Activity on this game was suspicious. We were sure something was wrong according to our algorithm. The evidence there was more than enough. It's quite shocking for me to see this in Ireland because I have not seen this tradition before. I'm talking about numbers, which are clear. We monitored the odds and it was crazy. I have no doubt that this match was fixed, according to those numbers. For the odds to change that much, it requires significant amounts of money to be placed.feedback

Alejandro Dominguez

It is a lot of organisational work. I think it is going to happen, but they are in the earliest phase of the work.feedback

Alejandro Dominguez

There is already a verbal agreement of terms and now we have to take that forward. As it is a unique project, we will have to look for the venues, the sponsors and that takes time to work. They are looking for the possible scenarios, seeing the best place and who is going to sponsor the event. The great objective is to get a very good venue, with very good sponsors who are interested, that the payment to the clubs is great.feedback

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Gnabry is an interesting player. He is a very fast player with a good finish and certainly one of the hottest properties in German football. He's a player who would fit into our plans.feedback

Alex Phillips - Uefa

Asia is a huge continent and home to more than 60 per cent of the world's population. There cannot be one solution towards professionalising the whole of the continent. It is a sum total of many regions and countries having their own distinct business models.feedback

Alex Phillips - Uefa

The different stakeholders of Indian football are making specific efforts to leave behind maximum legacy in different areas from the hosting of India's first ever FIFA event. Matches will be staged in six Indian states, and grassroots participation from these areas is involved in the lead up to the tournament. The All India Football Federation is doing its best to ensure knowledge and ideas from the event are preserved and used in the future for the betterment of Indian football.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

[Reaching the UEFA Europa League final would be] the perfect end to the season. A difficult season, lots of matches, trying to build a team, trying to recover a certain mentality, trying to finish the season playing a European final. It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United.feedback

Alex Ferguson

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I think we all agree that if we could have played our first 12 or 13 for the whole season, we are only six, seven, eight points away from the very interesting region of the table. Look at the injuries we've had – not a lot of muscle injuries. It is not because of intensity. If it happens in the game, it is different. Lucas got a knock, not serious, played until the end, a few problems, similar with Joel [Matip].feedback

Juergen Klopp

That's the situation; Adam [Lallana], Daniel [Sturridge] and so on, lots of different things. A lot of problems, Ragnar [Klavan] was because of contact in training. Sadio Mané is a long-term injury because you saw what happened – it's not about day-to-day training. The best word to describe this is 'unlucky.feedback

Dan Jones

The 2015-16 season saw Premier League clubs grow revenues by almost 10% to £3.6bn, with the two Manchester clubs alone responsible for more than 50% of the increase. Manchester United's participation in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, coupled with continued strong commercial revenue growth, resulted in a 30% increase in revenue to £515m. This saw them top the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time since 2003/04, as the world's highest revenue-generating club.feedback

Gareth Bale

Scoring in Champions League final is indescribable. To score in a final is an amazing feeling. The adrenaline going through your body after you've scored the goal is incredible, indescribable and another memory which will always live with me.feedback

Nuri Sahin

It's hard to talk about. It's hard to find the right words. I don't wish anyone a feeling like this. I don't know if the people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football to be honest because last night I didn't realise what happened. When I got home and my wife and son were waiting at the door, then I felt how lucky we were. I get goosebumps. When we were on the bus last night… I will never forget those faces in my life for sure.feedback

Nuri Sahin

I know football is very important. We love football, we suffer with football, and I know we earn a lot of money and have a privileged life. But we are human beings and there is so much more than football in this world.feedback

Hans-Joachim Watzke - Borussia Dortmund

I briefly considered whether we should leave the competition completely. But then it would have been a victory for the perpetrators. If a player isn't able to play then he can tell the coach, and I also said that there would have been complete understanding and every form of support from us. The players have the opportunity to deal with the psychological side of the attack with experts and to get any help from us. They did not want to hurt Borussia Dortmund explicitly. It was an attack on Germany.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Everybody can imagine it was a difficult moment for me because I don't know how often I was in the team hotel with Dortmund. I know exactly the road. A lot of my friends were in the bus. I was really concerned, scared for them.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

Basically, we had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus, and half an hour later the decision was there that (it would be) tomorrow at 6.45pm. That gives you a feeling of powerlessness. We were not attacked on the field by an opponent; we were attacked from inside the bus as men. Of course this has an effect and it was a terrible experience for all of us. We wanted to have a bit more time to deal with it. We didn't get the time.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

The team wanted so badly a bit of time to deal with it so we were in our best shape because the dream is to go to the semi-finals in Europe. We had the feeling today everybody that we are not in the best shape, not focused enough for football. Who will blame us for that? Nobody. Everybody has the right to deal with it the way he wants to. If you want to talk about it, talk. If you want to be silent, be silent. If you need a hug, I hug you or find someone who hugs you at home.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

It's all different characters and it was very inspiring to see how we dealt with it in the second half. We made a good second half. The game is over now and it feels a bit weird.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

We were informed by text message that UEFA were making this decision. We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.feedback

Reinhard Rauball

Of course this is an extremely difficult situation for the players. But they are professionals, and I am convinced that they will put it aside and perform. It would be a bad thing for those who did this to succeed in influencing the team in some way.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

The situation is absurd. We only had 15 players available in the squad. We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

Every player has the right to deal with it in his way. The team did not feel in the mood, in which you must be for such a game. We let the players choose if they wanted to play. But this morning, we found that the training had done good, that it had made us think of something else. We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground. Everyone has their own way of reacting to events. The players had the choice not to play but no one chose this option. There are players who can easily deal with what's happened and others who worry more - very mixed feelings.feedback

Nuri Sahin

There is so much more than football in this world. It's hard to talk about it, it's hard to find the right words. We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, my country, on New Year's Eve. It was close but also very far from us and last night we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this and I don't wish anyone a feeling like this.feedback

Nuri Sahin

I get goosebumps. When we were on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces. I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. When I saw Marc there, and I sit next to Schmeller and I will never forget Schmeller's face. It was unbelievable. We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.feedback

Marc Bartra

Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to BVB for tonight's match! #HejaBVB.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred tonight in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground.feedback

Pedro Pinto - Uefa

The decision to play the match today at 18.45 (local time) was made last night at BVB stadium in cooperation and complete agreement with clubs and authorities. We were in touch with all parties today and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play.feedback

Marc Bartra

I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground.feedback

Ronald Koeman

Yes (he needs rest). He will not be playing in that tournament in the summer. Steve Walsh spoke to the people from the FA. Normally, in the future, he will be the Under-21s or even the (senior) national team. What I like to see is passion and they need to understand and support each other.feedback

Ronald Koeman

I saw a reaction because I think we are too nice together and you have to talk – and maybe sometimes you have to shout. But I don't have a problem because it's an emotional thing. The two boys have spoken to each other because you need to win the game and afterwards be friends, but not on the pitch.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

If I tell Uefa what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why?feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

They are capable of organising the World Cup, of that I'm sure. If they decide to go, we will strongly support them.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

We will never give in to the blackmail of those who think they can manipulate small leagues ... because they think they are all powerful because of the astronomical values they generate. We will work together to rectify the imbalances as much as possible – problems and imbalances for which you are also responsibly. Sharing must not be considered a dirty word.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

Quite simply, money does not rule and the football pyramid must be and will be respected. To some leagues, I will say: we will never give in to the blackmail of those who think they can manipulate small leagues because they think they are all powerful because of the astronomical values they generate. Why be afraid of dialogue? Why be afraid of telling them face to face how we could shape the future together, hand in hand, in the best interests of football. And why be afraid to tell them openly what we will never accept.feedback

Iker Casillas

What can I say? I don't like [the jeers towards Navas]. I experienced it and you have to have a lot of courage to forget about it. It is a demanding club. With what Keylor did last year, winning the most important competition in Europe at club level - which neither UEFA nor FIFA have recognised - I do not say he is the best, but at least the second. With all due respect to Gigi [Buffon], it cannot be. Along with [Jan] Oblak, we are talking about two guys who had a spectacular Champions League.feedback

Alex Ferguson

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. It gets you into the Champions League, too – it didn't used to but it does now, and so that's a great incentive. And there's no Sevilla in it, so that's good. If you win a trophy, it's important. It's a European trophy. It doesn't matter that it's not the Champions League – it's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.feedback

Clemente Villaverde

Leicester are here on their own merits. They overcame a very important team like Sevilla in the last round. For sure it will be a very difficult tie. This will be really difficult for us. We played them in the UEFA Cup in the 1990s [when Atletico won 4-1 on aggregate], and we hope to follow the same steps this time.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies. A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday. Fatigue has a price. I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way.feedback

Freddie Ljungberg

To stay at one club for so long, I think is great. Because I don't think we [footballers] are that loyal anymore. So for me, he is a role model.feedback

Henrik Larsson

To be able to still wake up in the morning and still go to practice and then play the games at the weekend [at that age], it's fantastic.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

And our playing style is very attractive for a lot of players as well. Plus we are able to compete with the other big clubs financially. All in all, Bayern have become a more interesting option for players in recent years. Bayern are behind Real Madrid in the UEFA club ranking, but ahead of Barcelona. That alone is proof of Bayern's reputation in world football. We have consistently proven ourselves at the top. I think only Madrid are ahead of us as a football brand.feedback

Rob Lewis Jones

As you can see behind me, the Champions League will be happening up in June, and it is taking place in Cardiff, our capital city. We hope to bring in a vast amount of tourists then, and also put Wales on the map in terms of the coverage that we will get through this sporting event. And that it will also encourage people that are not sports-minded to come and visit Wales once they see our fantastic array of scenery and culture that we have to offer.feedback

Theodore Theodoridis - Uefa

It's clear that there will be two strong bids for UEFA's showcase national team competition, and it will be a tough decision to make.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I told one gentleman from UEFA of my concerns. He just told me the players are insured, so what happens to them is no problem. And I do not know what team to play, really. I do not know if Mkhitaryan is going to play. I do not know.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It is hard for me to believe that we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field. I have a lot to think about because I was expecting something more playable. In a very similar pitch in the summer in China we decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play. I was analysing these very good opponents that we did not speak about yet, and in their previous matches against Bayern, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, in all these matches it looked for me a very playable pitch. I was very surprised with what I found here.feedback

Guy-Laurent Epstein - Uefa

BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media, which will engage a growing fan base that consumes sport in different ways.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The proposal was to establish terms limits. As you see, current situation is we don't have any term limit, we only have an age limit of 70. The new proposal is that UEFA President and UEFA Executive Committee members may now only serve a maximum of three terms of four years. For all the UEFA competitions, there will be a transparent bidding process. So, no more political favours, no more political tools for us, for any single organisation for every competition, you would have to pass the bidding procedure.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I am very pleased that the executive committee gave a unanimous backing to reforms I consider essential for the strengthening of UEFA. I am convinced that our member associations will also endorse these good governance proposals to create a stronger and more transparent governing body for the good of European football.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The President's Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. These attributes are personified by Francesco Totti – a man who has given around a quarter of a century of his life playing for his beloved AS Roma.feedback

Andrea Traverso - Uefa

With many concerned about competitive balance within and between leagues, UEFA, together with its stakeholders, will need to continuously review and adapt its regulations to this fast- changing environment.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA must remain vigilant and take note of the less positive trends also highlighted in the report, such as a return to high wage growth and the increasing concentration of sponsorship and commercial revenue among a handful of clubs.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

When FIFA presents us some serious thing and not just articles and interviews then we can, of course, answer concretely.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

There will not be any more political favors in decisions concerning who will host the final.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I read different ideas every day, so it is hard to say which one is the real one, if any.feedback

Ed Woodward

While our financial results for this quarter reflect the impact of our non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, we are pleased that we remain on track to deliver record revenues for the coming year. During the quarter we added a number of top-quality players to our squad, which once again demonstrates our determination to challenge for trophies.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The communication was not right. The national associations and clubs didn't know anything about it so that is a problem of UEFA and it shouldn't happen again. So, I have to come there, see the deal and then decide what to do.feedback

Theodore Theodoridis - Uefa

We have a new president after a year during which we faced situations that you all are aware of. I hope from now on we will move forward so that this organisation will become even better.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

My beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it. And I hope that one day you will also be proud of me. Thank you very much.feedback

Ioannis Karagiorgas - Euronews

UEFA' s new president was elected by a landslide. However his position is already very difficult. He needs to find a solution on the integrity of European football in general and the European association in particular while at the same time he must find a way to calm down reactions on the new financial deal on the Champions League.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Real Madrid who, as everybody knows last year won the Champions League title, and kicking out in the semis Manchester City but at the end, Manchester City got much more money thanks to the market pool than Real Madrid as winner, and I believe that was not very fair and serious and that had been a bit corrected by UEFA.feedback

Sepp Blatter

I am going to defend the situation, and I'm sure at the end, or perhaps I can't say (for) sure, that the panel will understand that the payment made to (former UEFA head Michel) Platini was really a debt that we had against him, and this is a principle, if you have debts you pay them.feedback

Theodore Theodoridis - Uefa

It is not the first time that there has been speculation regarding the possibility of a breakaway league, and it probably won't be the last.feedback

Marco Bogarelli - Dalian Wanda Group

Many talented players are deciding to play in Asia instead of coming to Europe. One day, Asia will have the money for Cristiano Ronaldo to play there . . . It is in the common interest for these five leagues to have football growing in Europe [in order to] maintain its leadership.feedback

Simon Thomas - Plaid

I cannot think of a more positive message that the Welsh team is sending than to have young girls and boys kicking a ball around at the end of an international football match.feedback

David Griffiths

UEFA's frowning on it unfortunately because it's encroachment on the pitch. But the team is run like a family and the boys have been together for so long.feedback

Pierre-Henry Brandet

If there is a failure, it is that of soccer, which is sick because some of its fans drink excessively and fight.feedback

Francois Hollande

It's a threat that exists, and I wouldn't be in this position as president if I didn't tell you very clearly that there is a threat. It's a threat that will be around for a long time. So we must take every precaution to ensure this tournament, Euro 2016 will be a success. And it will be.feedback

Michel Platini

If I am rehabilitated in my rights, I'll be at (this summer's) Euro tournament. If I am not rehabilitated in my rights, I'll listen to the commentators.feedback

Douglas Meléndez

I want to ask those people, lawyers and law firms that provide services to these companies, to not make any mistakes. We are going to call them and we are going to request information and we'll meet with them. I hope that they will not make the mistake of hiding any information.feedback

Didier Deschamps

There is no chance of playing in front of empty stadia. The stadia will be full. I think that UEFA, the French state are doing everything to have a maximum of security. Today guaranteeing 100% security is impossible, but you must not be worried or afraid, the audience will come, the stadium will be full and it'll be the celebration of football despite the tragic events we went through in Paris.feedback

Michel Platini

I'm fighting on that, I'm fighting for that, I'm fighting to be left in peace, to be, not exonerated, because I don't like to say this word, but I'm fighting to go against the injustice of the people who took my job away.feedback

Michel Platini

I hope to go back to work as soon as possible, I hope to go back to the office as soon as the decision has been given by the appeal commission and then, well, prepare Euro (2016 tournament). There are things to do that are important; it's been several months that I've not been working. I always tried to be reasonable regarding the decisions, regarding especially UEFA, so I'm waiting to go back, to work on the Euro, this beautiful European football party which will take place in a country called France.feedback

Michel Platini

It has been a really good hearing, it has been very well conducted by people who have been sincere and I'm quite happy about how it went. Now, their interpretation – we'll see how it will go, I don't know what they are going to do, but I'm quite happy with how it went.feedback

Michel Platini

I am the first one to be disgusted by this. I have stomach trouble when I think about the FIFA problem.feedback

Pedro Pinto - Uefa

He's a man of conviction, he's a man who has always been transparent and one of the few, if not the only one, to admit who he voted for. He has nothing to hide and is someone who I think is respected around the world of football.feedback

Stefano Tacconi

Inside the dressing room, nobody knew exactly what was happening, but we knew about the deaths, some people said maybe 1, 4, 5, 6 deaths, we didn't know how many. After the match, we knew the correct number. We were heavily criticised for celebrating the victory, but we were forced to celebrate with Juventus fans inside the stadium by UEFA and the Belgian organisation to avoid our fans leaving the stadium at same time as the Liverpool supporters.feedback

Sepp Blatter

We cannot allow the reputation of FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA, the events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football.feedback

Sepp Blatter

Many people hold me responsible. We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

UEFA shows this FIFA the red card. Today's events are a disaster for FIFA and tarnish the image of football as a whole.feedback

Andy Roxburgh - Uefa

The Euro that was played in England in '96 with 16 teams was very good, so, the fears were unfounded. And, all I would say here is that we're now going to this increased number. Standards in Europe are rising all the time and I think that the officials that have made this decision can see a number of benefits in it, clearly a number of benefits.feedback

Michel Platini

We are extremely proud to see the huge interest in the bidding process, with more than half of our member associations willing to host matches at UEFA EURO 2020. The finals will be a great celebration of football across the European continent, and the 60th anniversary edition will be truly special, by really coming to the doorstep of all football fans.feedback

Michel Platini

If we had doubts, this must have been a very complex organisation, involving the players of Lyon, the players of Zagreb, the players of Ajax, the players of Real Madrid, all the referees and so on. So we need to be very careful about what we say, that's why I have no doubts on the integrity of the competition. Furthermore, the early warning system that we have put in place throughout Europe has not expressed any warning of illegal betting on this game, so any doubts have been cleared, he said.feedback

Wolfgang Niersbach

We have been certain for a while now to steer towards this goal because we assume the generation of stadiums built for 2006 will not only need a tidy-up but even a full modernization in a further nine years.feedback

Michel Platini

Hard days awaits Turkish football not only Fenerbahce. You will see this when you learn evidences.feedback

Angelina Kariakina

UEFA expects around 800,000 fans to visit Ukraine throughout the championship, but it's a different story according to the Ukrainian Hostel Association. Their figures suggest it's less than half that, more like 350,000. The exact numbers will only become clear after the tournament comes to an end.feedback

Daria Kulinska

This is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe. Our colleagues from UEFA call it 'The Big Baby'. It's our guests' favourite stadium.feedback

Michal Pol

When UEFA gave us Euro 2012, everybody thought it would be a kind of 'Marshall plan' like the one that western European countries had after World War II. Everybody thought there would be lots of new highways and high speed railways, but today, for example, it takes longer to go by train from Warsaw to Vrotslav than it did before World War II.feedback

Michel Platini

We are asking all the governments to assume their responsibilities in relation to this violence. It's violence which most of the time happens outside the stadiums. We would take on our responsibilites if we can find the means.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

We understand perfectly well the good intention of President Platini trying to see in which way we can have a better coordination, a better cooperation of the national police, but it is not in the European Commission competences to act in that direction.feedback

Aleksander Ciric

What they did to us there in Kosovo… I believe that is the root cause of this and it is not going to end well.feedback

Ivica Dacic

This was a political provocation. The main question for me is how will the European Union and UEFA react, because if someone from Serbia had unveiled a flag of Greater Serbia in Tirana or Pristina, it would already be on the agenda of the UN Security Council.feedback

Harry Been

It is a regretful situation on which we will report; the referee, myself and the security advisor. The circumstances were such that we couldn't continue the match. You all saw what happened and I cannot comment on who is to blame or what to blame. I will submit a report with my colleagues to UEFA and UEFA will decide what will happen further.feedback

Lorik Cana

Unanimously, we decided that because of the situation and the physical condition of some of the players who had been hurt, some had facial injuries, and also our mental state and the poor security, we decided that the game could not continue.feedback

Branislav Ivanovic

What happened is something we can't comprehend at the moment. On behalf of my team, all I can say is that we wanted to carry on and that we shielded the Albanian players every step of the way to the tunnel after the riot broke out.feedback

Michel Platini

It will be a lot easier from a financial perspective for all the countries.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

The UEFA 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent in various major cities through Europe following a decision taken today.feedback

Alexander Djordjadze

The law envisages serious fines and bans, banning from matches hooligans, it envisages arrests and suspension of businesses for organisers of the matches.feedback

Patrick Vieira

Sixty-three percent of those that voted are admitting that they are not fighting racism or that they don't want to fight these problems. I played in Italy for years so I know the issues, I saw the issues.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

In the end we adapt to everything … but it's clear that this was a problem for the spectacle.feedback

Jerome Valcke

It's better to say 'no' and to have a clean situation than to say, maybe yes, but it depends on what it is exactly and if it's bad you will be sanctioned but that's a disciplinary body will do it after the game', or if it's good, OK, it can be accepted', that's impossible.feedback

Michel Platini

With the development of football and the development of betting activities around football, that brought into play a lot of money and people interested by that money. But we cannot lead the investigation with our UEFA employees any more, we need a police, people taking care of that. I have been asking for that since 2007, as I became President, I wanted to have a Sports Police.feedback

Iker Casillas

I don't think so. In football controls are done by the Consejo Superior de Deportes, the Spanish Federation, UEFA, FIFA, our clubs… We have controls too but unlike cycling there aren't any cases of doping.feedback

Michel Platini

To put the goal-line technology in the competition is 50 million euros in five years, I prefer to give 50 million euros to grassroots, the development of football than to put 50 million towards technology, for perhaps one or two goals per year.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

I think the message is we are fighting against racism and we do it in an efficient way, and if a player or club offical is behaving in a racist way then they;ll be banned for 10 matches.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

Exactly on that point we have a question from someone called Arthur Eld, who asks if you think FIFA and UEFA are doing enough to combat racism in the stadiums?feedback

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