Connect with us

Sports

Chelsea Fans Booed Aleksander Ceferin Ahead Of Their Champions League Title Defence As The Official Presented Four Blues Players With Awards

Published

on

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

There was a special guest in attendance at the Bridge in the shape of UEFA president Ceferin, who made his way onto the pitch pre-kick off.

He presented four members of Chelsea’s first team set up with their UEFA awards, but was roundly booed as he entered the pitch.

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

But the moment was perhaps overshadowed by the reception Ceferin received on the night with the official becoming a hugely high-profile figure this year.

Ceferin’s role as UEFA president came under scrutiny as he had to fight off the failed European Super League project, and is now in the midst of another battle.

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

Ceferin appears to have come out on top on both issues, but he hasn’t been immune from criticism.

UEFA relaxed Financial Fair Play rulings this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to even more imbalance at the top of the game.

The wages dished out by Paris Saint-Germain for Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum would unlikely have been possible in the past, and many of Europe’s richest clubs have broken their transfer records.

Manchester City paid a Premier League record £100million for Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, while Chelsea dished out a club-record £97m for Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

Stamford Bridge was in good voice after that awkward moment as Chelsea secured a 1-0 win over the Russian side, Romelu Lukaku heading in the winner.

News11 mins ago

IGP queries Kyari over alleged link with Hushpuppi, panel rejects supercop’s extradition to US

News26 mins ago

How we lost one of our finest officers to rampaging ‘hoodlums’ in Ajao Estate, Lagos – Police

Business News31 mins ago

AfCFTA: NSACC Calls for Free Visas Across Africa

News46 mins ago

UPDC among top gainers as market cap rises by 0.12%

News56 mins ago

What we are doing to achieve food security in Nigeria – Buhari tells UN Summit

News1 hour ago

BREAKING: Obaseki finally releases long-awaited cabinet list [LIST ATTACHED]

News2 hours ago

Ex-President Zuma released from prison on medical parole

News2 hours ago

Osun threatens to bar civil servants from secretariat over COVID-19 vaccine

World3 hours ago

Prayer in Public Schools Is Back…as Long as It’s Prayer to Allah

News3 hours ago

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, faults Nigerian govt over failed Siemens power project

World3 hours ago

MSNBC Host: ‘White Supremacy Is Now a Key Ideology of the Republican Party’

News3 hours ago

Guineans celebrate as soldiers seize power (photos)

World4 hours ago

Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy Charged With…Acting Like They’re Still in Afghanistan

News4 hours ago

SocialMediaTrends: Reaction trails ‘shocking’ demise of ex-CBN deputy chief, Obadiah Mailafia

News5 hours ago

What’s Happening in SCOA Nigeria: Chairman, CEO, others lose N1.14bn – What you should know

News5 hours ago

BREAKING: Buhari approves activities to mark Nigeria at 61

World5 hours ago

‘The Jews Are Evil’: Ohio Man Converts to Islam, Plots Massacre at Synagogue

News5 hours ago

ECOWAS condemns Guinea coup, demands immediate release of ousted President

World6 hours ago

10% of Biden’s Afghanistan Aid Will Go To Taliban

News6 hours ago

HURIWA alleges Mailafia may have been killed, demands probe of death

Viral20 hours ago

Rihanna Reaches Out To 17-Year-Old Nigerian Hawker, Salle After Viral Video

Entertainment20 hours ago

#BBNaija: “I would like to have a 3some with Nengi and Vee” – Pere

News14 hours ago

Father, mother, son, drown inside US apartment following Hurricane Ida flood

News7 hours ago

COVID-19: Nigerian govt lifts flight ban on India

News10 hours ago

Taliban breaks up women protesters in Afghan capital

Business News21 hours ago

Nigerian Naira Weakens by 0.12% at Official Window

News17 hours ago

Domestic flights resume at Kabul International Airport

Politics13 hours ago

BREAKING: Governor Sanwoolu receives Guiness World Record Certificate [PHOTOS]

Politics13 hours ago

JUST IN: Policeman who killed Monsura Ojuade arraigned in court [PHOTOS]

Business News14 hours ago

Chipper Cash Launches Free P2P Money Transfers in SA

Politics17 hours ago

BREAKING: Biafra agitators arrested in Benue State – BNL

Politics9 hours ago

BREAKING: FG extends N-Power verification exercise

News6 hours ago

Naira heading to N600/$1, British pounds goes for N760/ £1

News6 hours ago

HURIWA alleges Mailafia may have been killed, demands probe of death

Entertainment14 hours ago

#BBNaija: “I hope you’re still waiting for me” – Pere breaks down in tears while sending shoutout to his girlfriend and mum (Video)

News10 hours ago

Lagos council mourns King Sunny Ade’s wife

Entertainment12 hours ago

#BBNaija: Angel reveals she has a boyfriend outside the house; People dig up loved-up video of them together

Health10 hours ago

Warning Signs Your Liver Is Failing, Say Experts

News5 hours ago

ECOWAS condemns Guinea coup, demands immediate release of ousted President

News5 hours ago

BREAKING: Buhari approves activities to mark Nigeria at 61

Trending