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Champions League final could be held OUTSIDE of Europe, claims UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

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The Champions League final could be staged outside of Europe, claims new UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. 

The Slovenian is open to the possibility of moving the final of Europe's premier football competition in order to globalise the game further.

While Ceferin is open to moving the final around the world, he is adamant that the kick-off time (19:45 GMT) will not be altered.

"It might be an idea [to stage the final outside of Europe], but we have to speak about it," Ceferin admitted.

"To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. It's a European competition so let's think about it."

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This year's competition will be staged at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, while 2018 will see the showpiece move to the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, with 2019 yet to be decided.

"From a financial point of view it's not ideal," Ceferin added. "We should think also about other markets, but how to do it exactly I'm not sure yet.

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"China is financially interesting and the US is not just financially interesting, but football is growing there.

"China is not asleep [during the Champions League final] because it's Saturday and they can watch. But there are many problems concerning that with the calendar of the leagues."

After the corruption scandal involving his predecessor Michel Platini, Ceferin is eager to make UEFA more transparent to avoid issues in the future.

"The bidding process should be very clear because if you get the Champions League finals or Europa league finals as a political favour then it's not okay," he said.

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