PSG CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists that Super League clubs Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid “shout at the sky,” while the rest of us “work to build a better future for European football.” On the other hand, Aleksander Ceferin takes another shot at Andrea Agnelli.
General Assembly of the ECA was conducted, where three clubs (Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona) who didn’t withdraw from the new league and representatives of the other 9 clubs who left the ESL in April were present. Also confirmed as a new board member are Roma owner Dan Friedkin, Bayer Leverkusen’s Fernando Carro, and Monaco’s Oleg Petrov.
“I will not spend much time talking about the 18th of April, and the “not-so-Super League” because I do not like to focus on fabulists and failures,” he said according to Sport Mediaset. “Together, we defended the interests of European football for everyone – for the players, the Clubs, the Leagues, the National Associations, and most of all, the fans. We relied on the resolve and strength of President Ceferin, who stood up to the midnight coup – and people with short memories should remember that this is exactly what it was.”
“You all should know that President Ceferin was confident from the start. We spoke early in the morning on the 18th of April, and he said, “we will win”. And we did. Thank you, President Čeferin. And while the three rebel-Clubs waste energies, twist narratives and continue to shout at the sky, the rest of us are moving forward and focusing every energy on building a better future for European football – together as one,” he continued.
“As you know, for the 9 Clubs who asked to come back into our family, the ECA Board has re-integrated them into our structures with renewed commitments to strengthen our Association. I welcome them back to the ECA family. And now, looking ahead, to meet the challenges currently facing European football, the ECA needs to evolve with a stronger purpose.”
“We want the ECA to be the heart of European football – a purposeful and powerful stakeholder driving the agenda and development of a united European football family. We also want the ECA to represent and support more and more European Professional Football Clubs, so we truly represent the interests of all.” UEFA President Ceferin also had a speech and didn’t miss his chance to aim a dig at Juventus President Andrea Agnelli: “Al-Khelaifi is a good captain who took the wheel when the old captain escaped from the ship,” he said.