ECA endorses European Parliament Resolution
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ECA Media Release
The Executive Board of the European Club Association (ECA) met in Paris on 2nd December to address a critical range of topics relating to the future of professional football, at a time of on-going and significant challenges for the game.
Under the Chairmanship of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the ECA Executive Board meeting was the first to be convened with newly elected and/or appointed Board members Alessandro Antonello (FC Internazionale), Miguel Angel Gil (Club Atlético de Madrid), Daniel Levy (Tottenham Hotspur FC) and Vinai Venkateshem (Arsenal FC).
The meeting saw Oliver Kahn (FC Bayern München) appointed to the Board to take up the role of 1st Vice-Chairman as a replacement for Michael Gerlinger (FC Bayern München) who will continue to attend Board meetings as an observer.
Over the course of three hours of frank, impassioned and detailed discussion, the Board focused on various key areas of interest including:
The meeting – the last to be held in 2021 – comes following a year of severe turbulence for football, which saw the failed attempts to launch a breakaway European Super League and continued challenges posed by COVID; but which has seen ECA emerge even stronger and more united in its collective belief that clubs are the foundation and future of a properly run footballing system.
Following the conclusion of the ECA Executive Board meeting, ECA Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated:
“At ECA, while we represent over 240 football clubs of Europe, we make our decisions collectively and united as one – and this makes our decisions even more powerful. Today, the ECA Executive Board made clear our insistence that the voice of European clubs is properly respected in all decisions related to the International Match Calendar, and that consultations are comprehensive and genuine.
After another year of managing all the challenges caused by COVID, it was fitting to convene our last meeting of the year with a fully re-established, re-united and re-focused Board. We are fortunate to have some of the most talented and visionary club leaders in football on our Board, and I have every confidence that ECA will play a defining role in shaping and securing the future of our game in 2022. ECA ends the year stronger than ever.”