PSG: Al-Khelaïfi elected president of the European Association of Clubs (ECA)

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Against the backdrop of the crisis caused by the stillborn Super League project, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was elected president of the ECA, the European association of clubs. The Qatari boss of PSG, on the front line against the 12 big dissident clubs, succeeds the much maligned Andrea Agnelli.

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After the refusal of Paris Saint-Germain to participate in the Super League, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi gains responsibilities on the European scene. The Qatari leader was elected president of the European Association of Clubs (ECA) on Wednesday, after a vote by the entire executive committee. He accepted requests from other European clubs, after initially refusing the post.

Al-Khelaïfi wants to defend the “principles”

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi therefore succeeds Andrea Agnelli, who left after betraying the ECA by being in charge of the launch of the Super League. “I am honored and grateful to have been appointed president,” reacted the boss of PSG, who had been congratulated by UEFA for having firmly defended the Champions League.

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“The leadership, integrity and cohesion of our organization have never been more necessary than at this pivotal moment for European football, he also declared in the press release announcing his election. I will bring my commitment. unconditional to the whole football community: this means to all ECA member clubs from every European nation, and to the fans and communities they represent. Alongside all my fellow board members and clubs, I will seek to strengthen the ECA in its legitimate and unique role of European clubs. Our sport, adored by generations of supporters, can only prosper if we stick to the principles of the ECA “.

The ECA is jubilant

The ECA also elected Michael Gerlinger, leader of Bayern Munich, as first vice-president. He joins Edwin Van Der Sar (Ajax), Dariusz Mioduski (Legia Warsaw) and Aki Riihilahti (HJK Helsinki), who were already vice-presidents.

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By the way, the ECA “welcomes” the failure of the Super League and the “strong and universal condemnation of the project” by most football players: “The ECA is firmly convinced that this project could not to succeed because football, at its origin, is based on openness, sporting excellence and a bond between all members of the football family. Football is for everyone. Recent events have reminded us that the owners of clubs are just guardians, guides, who mean so much to fans and their communities. “

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