UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has met with Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and fan bodies from England and Spain over plans to build a direct stakeholder relationship with them, European football’s governing body said on Thursday.

The meeting is part of UEFA’s drive to engage more formally with fan organisations — many of whom fiercely opposed the ill-fated European Super League plans of several top clubs last month.

“I have said on many occasions that fans are the heart of football and we need to do more to engage them as a legitimate stakeholder,” Ceferin said in a statement on UEFA’s website.

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“They have much to contribute and we should give them a voice on important relevant matters.”

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