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UEFA President

Aleksander Ceferin attended the first ECA Executive Board meeting chaired by PSG president

Nasser Al-Khelaifi in Munich on Tuesday.

Al-Khelaifi replaced Andrea Agnelli as the European Club Association's president after the latter put together the European Super League project along with several other European giants, with the intention to withdraw their teams from UEFA competitions.

"ECA's role in safeguarding the future of European football has never been more important," said

Al-Khelaifi.

"Moving forward, I will ensure ECA continues to protect the interests of all European clubs, their communities and fans. The attendance at today's meeting by President Ceferin is testament to how European football is unbeatable when acting together as one.

"This will be the defining spirit through which I will lead ECA and our member clubs throughout my mandate as ECA Chairman."

It should be remembered that UEFA have made clear that they will defend their interests against the clubs who created the European Super League even though their Disciplinary Committee has suspended the sanctioning procedure until further notice.

ECA released a statement to break down the positions on which their Executive Board agreed.

"Pursuing efforts to reinforce ECA's trusted relationship with UEFA through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intended to define the landscape post 2024, which at its core will seek to safeguard the future long-term stability of European football," read the statement.

"Engaging in urgent discussions with UEFA to request the development of a range of immediate financial support measures for European clubs to alleviate the liquidity shortages within football.

"Providing ECA's full support towards UEFA's Convention on the Future of European Football, which is aimed at securing the game's long-term sustainability. ECA is committed to playing a leading role in supporting all efforts around the Convention.

"Reiterating ECA's commitment to work with UEFA and FIFA to best manage the International Match Calendar (IMC), ensuring players are afforded the necessary protections when participating in international team competitions. It was also agreed to accelerate discussions with stakeholders in shaping a more coherent, balanced and harmonised IMC for the period beyond 2024.

"Managing the fallout and implications of the ESL project. The Board welcomed the decision of 9 of the 12 breakaway clubs to renounce the project and reaffirm their commitment to ECA (in line with the 'Club Commitment Declaration' agreed with UEFA). A process of reintegration of the 9 clubs within ECA has now been laid out."

Source : https://www.marca.com/en/football/champions-league/2021/06/15/60c8f4a7e2704ee3848b466c.html

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