Ceferin ends Platini's policy on trophy presentations

FILE - In this Saturday, June 6, 2015 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini prepares to hand over the trophy to Champions League winners FC Barcelona after their Champions League final soccer match against Juventus Turin at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended his predecessor Michel Platini’s favored tradition of presenting cup-winning captains with trophies in the VIP section. UEFA said on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Ceferin decided “trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions.” (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini's favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini's favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section.

UEFA says Ceferin decided "trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions."

Ceferin says "officials should come down from the stands to the players — to their arena — and pay tribute to them."

It will start next week in Stockholm when Ceferin hands the Europa League trophy to Ajax or Manchester United.

After Platini was elected UEFA president in 2007, he stopped the practice of teams collecting their trophy on the field in a shower of confetti.

UEFA says on-field presentations give fans a better view inside the stadium and clearer pictures to TV audiences.

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