EPL big six, three more join European Club Association


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

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

Monday’s news follows the announcement of a “peace agreement” between European football’s governing body UEFA and the nine clubs in May.

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

“The ECA Board also recognized the clubs’ declared willingness to actively engage with the ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football – in the open and transparent interests of all, not of a few.”

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

A ruling by a commercial court in Madrid says UEFA’s attempts to sanction them and block the formation of the league are against EU competition law.

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A final ruling in the case is expected from the European Court of Justice next year after a request for a fast-track decision from the Super League was rejected by the CJEU.

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

The peace deal announced in May committed the nine clubs to certain agreements if they played in an unauthorized competition in the future.

The deals include: making a combined €15 million ($17.7 million) goodwill gesture.

Clubs are also to be withheld 5% of UEFA competition revenue for a year and face fines of €100m each.

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