Nine Super League clubs retain ECA membership, but Madrid, Barca and Juve remain out

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A metal figure of a soccer player with a ball is seen in front of the words “European Super League” in this illustration taken on April 20, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

Aug 16 (Reuters) – The European Club Association (ECA) confirmed on Monday that nine of the 12 clubs that proposed a new breakaway Super League have retained their ECA membership after the ESL collapsed, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain out.

The three teams not accepted in the body which represents the interests of UEFA’s professional European football clubs still have hopes of relaunching the project, which spectacularly failed to take off in April.

The nine clubs now reinstated in the ECA may therefore still have an influence on the direction of European football in the future.

“The ECA Board of Directors has agreed that the following clubs will retain their regular ECA membership for the current 2019-23 membership cycle: AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Club Atletico de Madrid, FC Internazionale Milano, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC “, read a statement.

“The ECA Board of Directors took into consideration the clubs’ recognition that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interest of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions. completely abandon said ESL project.

“This decision by the ECA Board of Directors marks the end of an unfortunate and turbulent episode for European football and aligns with the ECA’s relentless drive to strengthen the unity of European football.”

Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi replaced Juventus president Andrea Agnelli as ECA head in April after the Italian stepped down to take on the role of president of the proposed new breakaway league.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus released a statement on July 30, confirming their intention to continue with the Super League after a court ruled UEFA was ending disciplinary proceedings against the project’s founding members.

Reporting by Peter Hall Editing by Christian Radnedge

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