Tottenham Hotspur, along with several of the other clubs who were involved in plans for a breakaway European Super League, have now been welcomed back into the European Club Association (ECA).
Spurs, along with AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus signed up for the Super League in April, with all 12 teams walking away from the ECA in order to fulfil their plans.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have continued to keep the idea of a Super League alive, with their appeal set to be assessed European Court of Justice (Daily Mail).
The other nine clubs have since accepted punishments from UEFA and in a further move towards normality, it has now been confirmed that all nine have been reinstated into the ECA.
— ECA (@ECAEurope) August 16, 2021
Their statement reads: “In its decision, and after an exhaustive process of re-engagement by the clubs and re-assessment by ECA over recent months, the ECA Executive Board took into consideration the clubs’ acknowledgement that the so-called European Super League project (ESL Project) was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon said ESL Project completely.
“The ECA Board also acknowledged the Clubs’ stated willingness to engage actively with ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football – in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few.
“This decision of the ECA Board marks the end of a regrettable and turbulent episode for European football and aligns with ECA’s relentless focus to strengthen unity in European football. Through this period of unprecedented challenge, ECA has firmly established itself as the only organisation through which the leading clubs in Europe can promote and protect their interests in football, whilst also developing the competition landscape and reinforcing the centrality of clubs in the governance of European football.
“ECA can now proceed with renewed unity and solidarity to continue the important work needed to stabilise and develop European club football – at a time when this is needed the most.”
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This is another nail in the coffin for Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s hopes of keeping the Super League alive, with it now being clear that the others are unlikely to tag along, irrespective of what the European Court of Justice rules on the breakaway competition.
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