England’s “Super League six” join the European Club Association

The Premier League’s ‘big six’ are among the nine founding members of the Super League who officially joined the European Club Association.

The six – along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – are now back in the fold of the ECA after stepping down to form the Super League breakaway in April.

The news follows the announcement of a “peace deal” between UEFA and the nine clubs last May.

The ECA said in a statement: “The ECA board has taken into consideration the clubs’ recognition that the so-called European Super League project is not in the best interests of the football community at home. broad sense and their publicly communicated decisions to completely abandon said ESL project.

“The ECA Board of Directors has also recognized the declared willingness of the clubs to actively engage with the ECA in its collective mission of developing European club football – in the open and transparent interest of all, not some.

“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.”

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain committed to the Super League plan and have taken legal steps to protect themselves against disciplinary action from UEFA.

A decision by a Madrid commercial court says UEFA’s attempts to sanction them and block league formation violate EU competition law. A final ruling in the case is expected from the European Court of Justice next year after a Super League request for a fast-track ruling was rejected by the ECJ.

The Super League trio released a statement last month claiming that the Madrid court injunction also blocked the implementation of one of the terms of UEFA’s peace deal with the other nine clubs.

They said failure to comply with the ruling would lead to fines or potential criminal liability, but despite this, all nine clubs continued to reintegrate into existing structures in European football.

The peace deal announced in May committed the nine clubs to make a combined goodwill gesture of € 15million (£ 12.8million), to withhold five percent of UEFA’s competition revenue for one year and be liable to fines of 100 million euros each. if they were playing in an unauthorized competition in the future.

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