Europa League winners will celebrate on the pitch thanks to rule change by UEFA

Saul Nozari
90Min

​The winners' of next Wednesday's Europa League final clash between Manchester United and Ajax will lift the trophy on the pitch after UEFA confirmed a change to the traditional trophy ceremony.

Victors of the trophy have been presented with the trophy in the stands in recent years, yet UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has revealed that this years winners' of the Champions League, women's Champions League and Europa League will be given the winners' trophy on the pitch.

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UEFA has said (via the Mirror): "The return to on-pitch presentations will give all fans in the stadium a better view of the trophy lifts, while the television audience will also get clearer pictures

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"The pitch is the players’ stage and it is only fitting that their achievements are celebrated there.

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 "It also makes sense that the officials should come down from the stands to the players – to their arena – and pay tribute to them in presenting the trophy and medals on the playing surface.

"Players will also be able to celebrate with their team-mates on the pitch in full view of the fans without the interruption of having to climb up to the stands.

"Furthermore, all supporters will get a perfect view of the trophy lift wherever they are seated in the stadium."

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