Nine of the 12 founding members of the short-lived European Super League rejoined the European Club Association (ECA) on Monday, but Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are out of the influential group as they continue to support the project. ۔
The ECA said Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as all six English clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – had been reinstated after acknowledging that the Super League. It was not in the interests of the wider football community. “
Nine clubs initially signed up for the project in April, but were left behind within 48 hours, despite strong opposition from fans, players and organizations.
The ECA called it a “tragic and tumultuous event for European football” and acknowledged the clubs’ desire to actively engage with the ECA in their collective mission to develop European club football. What – in the open and transparent interests of all, not a few. “
Nine clubs have accepted UEFA penalties, including a five per cent cut in their European earnings for one season, after retreating and apologizing for their “mistake” in joining the project, which has been widely reported. But the occupation of raw land was condemned.
However, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have not backed down – earlier this summer Barcelona president Juan Laporta claimed the Super League was “still alive”.
He insisted that the Super League meant “financial sustainability and more competitive competition for clubs”.
The other three clubs took a lawsuit to European authorities, leaving the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to decide whether UEFA was abusing its dominant position by opposing the Super League project.
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has resigned as chairman of the ECA, as well as on the UEFA executive committee since Breakway began in April.
He was succeeded by Nasser al-Khalifa, President of Paris Saint-Germain.
The ECA, with approximately 2,250 members across the continent, describes itself as “the only, independent body that directly represents football clubs in Europe.”