What’s next for the Ukrainian clubs in the European Cup? According to UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin, Ukrainian clubs could return to international competitions as early as next season. I don’t know how they will play national competitions if the situation stays the way it is,” said the Slovenian in an interview with the “Presse am Sonntag”. However, given the war, the Ukrainian representatives could “play the European Cup outside of their country”, said Ceferin.
In addition, he commented on the exclusion of Russian clubs. After the attack on the neighboring country, Ceferin once again described this measure as the only alternative. “This is a small contribution of the Sportsto bring this war to an end,” Ceferin said. “I hope so much that this madness stops as soon as possible.” However, on the fringes of last week’s UEFA Congress in Vienna, the Slovenian regretted that the city did not have a sufficiently large, modern stadium. “I think compared to the size of Austria and the economic situation, the infrastructure is not really perfect, to put it politely,” said Ceferin (54).
In Vienna in particular, the stadiums are “not ideal”, and the capacity for major UEFA games or even a final is not sufficient. According to Ceferin, a tournament such as a women’s European Championship would only be conceivable with an improved infrastructure. “Austria and Vienna absolutely need, I think, a big, modern stadium,” said the UEFA boss. “If you want to improve, then the infrastructure should be better.”