UEFA have been plunged into a state of civil war following the emergence of a plot to allow president Aleksander Ceferin to stay in power until 2031.
Mail Sport has learned that David Gill is leading the resistance to planned amendments to the UEFA Statutes that would permit Ceferin a fourth term in office, with the former Manchester United chief executive reacting angrily when the proposals were tabled during a UEFA Executive Committee in Hamburg last week.
Ceferin and his allies have been working on the plans for months before formally proposing them at an ExCo meeting before last weekend’s European Championship draw, with a view to having them ratified at UEFA Congress next February.
The proposed amendments, which have yet to be made public, will be put to a vote of all 55 UEFA member countries at the Congress in Paris with a two-thirds majority of 28 required for them to be introduced.
Gill is understood to have spoken out against the changes in the ExCo meeting on the grounds they are undemocratic and not in the best interests of football.