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8 May 2024 - 3:07 PM


Photo: Anders Kjærbye - | Jesper Moller is used to standing on the main stage being Chairman of the Danish FA and UEFA Exco member

Danish FA Chairman says that possible Saudi World Cup is non-comparable to Qatar – and calls for further dialogue with the Saudis

  • Jesper Moller, Chairman of the Danish FA and UEFA Exco member, had hoped for a better process, but he acknowledges that Saudi Arabia's infrastructure seems fit for the World Cup. "They really love football in that country," he says.
  • "The European countries sometimes forget to understand that other countries have different priorities. This is why we met with the Saudi Football Federation last year, and why another meeting has been arranged," he says.
  • Why it matters: Jesper Moller is one of the most powerful individuals in European football. Besides the UEFA Exco post, Moller is also the Chairman of the Legal Committee in UEFA, and there have been speculations that he might run for the presidency.
  • The perspective: Jesper Moller is positive that the current governance models at UEFA and FIFA are fit for purpose, but he is waiting for the result of the Spanish case around The European Super League. It could kill the project once and for all, he says.

"Sorry to interrupt. Jesper, do you happen to know where the King Fahd Trophy is?"

Almost an hour into the interview, two people stick their heads into the room. One of them is the current assistant coach of the Danish National Men’s Team, Morten Wieghorst, the former Celtic player. Instantly, Jesper Moller sees it as an invitation to talk about his beloved AaB from Aalborg, the club where he was chairman for decades.

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