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Uefa president open to Champions League final being held outside Europe

• Aleksander Ceferin will revive an open bidding process for showpiece
• Uefa president also open to moving kickoff times from traditional slot

The new Uefa president has suggested the Champions League final could be contested in New York or elsewhere outside Europe for the first time. Aleksander Ceferin, the Slovenian who came from nowhere to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini as Uefa president last month, said he planned to open up the right to stage the final to a transparent bidding process and was open to it being staged in America.

“I think it might be an idea in future but we have to speak about it,” said Ceferin, highlighting the fact that a flight to the east coast of the US could take the same time as one across Europe.

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