Nine of the 12 founding members of the short-lived European Super League joined the European Club Association (ECA) on Monday August 16, but Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain on the outside as they continue to support the plan break that collapsed in April. .
ECA said Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as the six English clubs involved in the planned ESL – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – have were reinstated after recognizing that a Super League “was not in the interest of the football community at large”.
All nine clubs initially signed on to the project in April, but quickly backed down within 48 hours in the face of overwhelming opposition from fans, players and national governing bodies.
The ECA called it a “regrettable and turbulent episode for European football” and also recognized the “willingness of the clubs to actively engage with the ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football – in the open and transparent interest of all, not a few. “
All nine clubs agreed to sanctions from UEFA, including 5% of their EU earnings for a season, after stepping back and apologizing for their “mistake” in joining the project.
However, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain attached to ESL, with newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta saying the Super League was “still alive”.
He insisted that the Super League would mean “financial sustainability for clubs and make competition more attractive”. Barcelona and Real Madrid face serious financial difficulties after accumulating large debts before and during the pandemic.
The three remaining clubs have lodged a complaint with European authorities, leaving the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to decide whether UEFA was abusing its dominant position by opposing the Super League project, a near-closed tournament.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli resigned as ECA president as well as his position on the UEFA executive committee when the breakaway launched in April.
His position was taken by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi.
The ECA, which has nearly 250 members from across the continent, describes itself as “the only independent body directly representing football clubs at European level”.