Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham ‘QUIT European Club Association’ amid European Super League unveiling
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham ‘QUIT European Club Association with Red Devils CEO Ed Woodward resigning from senior UEFA role’ after Premier League clubs joined European elite by announcing shocking Super League
- 12 European teams have announced plans to break out to a European Super League
- The dozens of clubs included all so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams
- Manchester United has reportedly left the European Club Association
- Ed Woodward is also reported to have quit his job at the UEFA Professional Strategy Council
- English sides Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have also reportedly left the ECA
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all left the European Club Association, according to reports, after the England trio joined nine other clubs to create a Super League.
On Sunday evening, 12 European clubs stunned the football world by announcing a breakaway Super League that would replace their involvement in the UEFA Champions League.
The four English clubs, along with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, were among the dozens of clubs that went against the ECA’s desire not to pursue the breakaway league.
Manchester United are reported to have left the European Club Association after European Super League plans were announced
United’s CEO Ed Woodward has also reportedly resigned his role on UEFA’s Strategy Council
Several reports claim that United has now left the organization that represents the 246 leading clubs across Europe, with chief executive Ed Woodward leaving his role on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.
Arsenal and Chelsea Tottenham are said to have also left the ECA, with Gunners chief Vinai Venkatesham resigning his role in the organization’s governance.
It was reported by Sunday night The athletic that Juventus has also left the ECA, with owner Andrea Agnelli leaving his role as president of the ECA and his position on the UEFA executive committee.
Manchester United owner Joel Glazer is one of four vice-presidents at the top of the European Super League hierarchy.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also reportedly resigned from the ECA representing 246 clubs
Chelsea also reportedly left the ECA group after Sunday night’s announcement
Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham has also resigned his position on the ECA board of directors
Juventus chief Agnelli, Liverpool’s John W Henry and Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke are also deputies for Real Madrid ESL chairman Florentino Perez.
In a statement announcing the European Super League, Glazer said, “ Bringing together the world’s best clubs and players to play against each other all season long, the Super League will open a new chapter in European football and provide competition. and world-class facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid. ‘
In the Super League, clubs will play European matches during the week in a competition of 20 teams. The league’s 12 founders automatically qualify for the tournament each year along with three others, with five seats available for other teams to qualify for.
The branding and tournament format were announced by the 12 clubs on Sunday evening
Teams are split into two groups of 10, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals – with playoffs to decide if the other two teams reach the knockout rounds.
The creation of the European Super League has met with severe criticism from the ECA, FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League and the Football Association, all of which have threatened to take legal action against the teams.
Before the tournament was announced on Sunday night, the ECA issued a statement saying it was “strongly opposed” to the creation of a Super League.
Several senior football figures and pundits have also criticized the ‘closed’ tournament, including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards.
Of the teams that were in Forbes’ top 10 most valuable football teams in the world last week, only Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have not signed up for the Super League.