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New UEFA leader Ceferin pledges to protect national leagues

NYON, Switzerland (AP) New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin wants to protect Europe's national leagues from the threat of breakaway competitions.

Ceferin was elected last month amid talk of a future closed-shop Super League and breakaway cross-border divisions as some clubs seem ready to chase bigger commercial deals by move beyond the bounds of national leagues.

"I am against killing national leagues. That is out of the question," Ceferin told The Associated Press ahead of Friday's annual meeting of the group of European leagues.