Chelsea fans booed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin ahead of their Champions League title defense as the official handed awards to four Blues players.

Last season’s Champions League winners started their title defense on Tuesday night, hosting Zenit St. Petersburg at Stamford Bridge in their first group game of the competition.


Two-time Champions League winners Chelsea have started their defense against Zenit

A special guest was present at the Bridge, UEFA President Ceferin, who entered the pitch before kick-off.

He handed four members of Chelsea’s first team their UEFA awards, but was booed upon entering the pitch.

Thomas Tuchel (Male Coach of the Year) Jorginho (Male Player of the Year) Edouard Mendy (Male Goalkeeper of the Year) and N’Golo Kante (Male Midfielder of the Year) all received trophies from Ceferin.

But the moment may have been overshadowed by the reception Ceferin received overnight, with the official becoming a high-profile figure this year.

Ceferin’s role as UEFA president has come under intense scrutiny as he has had to tackle the failed European Super League project and is now in the midst of yet another battle.

The Slovenian has been pitted against FIFA and Arsene Wenger in recent weeks, with the federation offering a World Cup every two years.

Ceferin appears to have won on both issues, but he has not been immune to criticism.

UEFA has relaxed financial fair play decisions this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to even more imbalance at the top of the game.

Ceferin has had a busy year fighting the European Super League

Ceferin has had a busy year fighting the European Super League

The salaries paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum probably would not have been possible in the past, and many of the richest clubs in Europe have broken their records. transfer.

Manchester City paid a Premier League record £ 100million for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, while Chelsea set a club record of £ 97million for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.

Stamford Bridge was in good shape after that awkward moment as Chelsea clinched a 1-0 victory over the Russian side with Romelu Lukaku leading the winner.

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