By Tony Attwood
The European Club Association, of which Arsenal were a member and of which Vinai Venkatesham was a member, is losing the clubs that have proposed the new independent midweek league.
Manchester United have also resigned from the ECA and Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role with UEFA where he was on the board of the Professional Football Strategy Council.
This follows the European Club Association saying they are ‘strongly opposed’ to European Super League proposals as twelve clubs fail to attend ’emergency meeting’ called by the ECA.
Tottenham has also left the ECA, and we also hear that Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham. Not sure if this is because of his results, or his personal opposition to the new mid-week super league. Certainly his results have not been of the best
|14 Mar 2021||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||L||2-1||Premier League|
|18 Mar 2021||Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham Hotspur||L||3-0||Europa League|
|21 Mar 2021||Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur||W||0-2||Premier League|
|04 Apr 2021||Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
|11 Apr 2021||Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United||L||1-3||Premier League|
|16 Apr 2021||Everton v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
Meanwhile back on planet somewhere else…
PSG and Bayern Munich are the only two of the clubs who have been invited to be part of the superleague breakaway have turned down the idea.
The ECA statement has said, “In light of today’s reports on the subject of a so-called breakaway league, ECA as the body representing 246 leading clubs across Europe, reiterates its stated commitment to working on developing the UEFA club competitions (UCCs) model with UEFA for the cycle beginning 2024 and that a ‘closed super league model’ to which media articles refer would be strongly opposed by ECA.
The issue now is whether any of the breakaway clubs have actually broken any FA or Premier League rules in joining a new competition without FA or Premier League approval. I suspect that they have but I don’t keep the rule books by my desk so can’t quote for certain.
But if they have then the FA or the League would have the option of throwing out the six English clubs that have signed up to the new league.
The Daily Mail has an interesting twist in the saga…
“Boris vows to BLOCK plans for European Super League and furious football fans slam ‘greedy’ American billionaires and banks trying to ‘tear up the beautiful game’.”
The Mail adds later that Prime Minister Boris J, “said the European Super League was not ‘good news for fans’ and he would work with the football authorities ‘to make sure this doesn’t go ahead in the way that it’s currently being proposed’. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will make a statement in the Commons on the Super League plans on Monday afternoon.”
Not quite sure how the government of the UK can do anything, but huffing and puffing Boris always makes good TV.
Fifa, Uefa and the Premier League have already threatened the 12 clubs with expulsion from all major competitions and promised to ban their top players from playing for their countries.
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