PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi becomes new head of European Club Association after Andrea Agnelli steps down to lead doomed Super League project
- Paris Saint-Germain declined invitation to join European Super League
- The proposed breakaway league included 12 teams from England, Spain and Italy
- Juventus president Agnelli has resigned from ECA to lead the project
- It collapsed within 48 hours of last Sunday’s announcement
- Agnelli has been replaced by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been appointed the new president of the European Club Association in place of Andrea Agnelli, one of the architects of the doomed Super League.
The Qatari have resisted repeated attempts to persuade him and his club to become founding members of the escaped league.
He now finds himself at the head of the ECA, traditionally seen as lobbying on behalf of the continent’s richest clubs, but which looks set to be more broadly representative following the rifts caused by the Super League controversy.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi is the new President of the European Association of Clubs
He replaced Juventus president Andrea Agnelli after stepping down
Al-Khelaifi said: âI am honored and honored to have been appointed Chairman by my fellow members of the ECA Board of Directors.
“The leadership, integrity and solidarity of our organization have never been more required than at this pivotal moment in European football.
âI will provide my unconditional commitment to the entire football community: this means to all ECA member clubs from every European nation, as well as to the fans and the communities they represent.
âI seek, alongside all my fellow members of the Board of Directors and ECA clubs, to strengthen the ECA in its role as the legitimate and unique voice of European clubs.
“Our game, adored by generations of supporters, will only thrive in unity, and it is our duty as the goalkeepers of football to fulfill this obligation.”
The reference to “unity” may give hope for a truce to the 12 escaped clubs who resigned from the ECA this weekend to continue their new competition.
Agnelli has parted ways with ECA and UEFA (pictured, President Aleksander Ceferin) to lead attempts to create a breakaway European Super League
The statement confirming Al-Khelaifi’s appointment said: “Following the unprecedented events of the past few days which have seen attempts to undermine the entire European football community, the ECA – representing major football clubs Europe – welcomes the decision of its former member clubs not to pursue their so-called âSuper Leagueâ project, following the seismic and universal condemnation of the project by the entire football community and through society as a whole.
âThe ECA firmly believes that this project cannot be successful because football, at its core, is based on openness, sporting excellence and an inherent bond between all members of the football family.
âFootball is for everyone. Recent events have served as a reminder that club owners are just the keepers of their clubs, which are historic beacons that mean so much to fans and their communities.
âThe ECA believes that it is the responsibility of each member club to ensure that we develop football and leave it in a better place for the next generation; not to dismantle it just for financial purposes.
The contribution and pressure from some of the former ECA members made it possible to secure concessions from UEFA, such as an increase in the number of matches in the group stage of the new UEFA Champions League appearance. six to 10, and the provision of two qualifying places for the teams. based on past European pedigree.
It is understood that the European Leagues, another group which is lobbying UEFA on behalf of 37 national leagues in 30 countries, is ready to challenge the new format and seek a reduction in the number of matches and remove the coefficient of qualification.