The European club association ECA is open to a return of the twelve breakaway clubs after the failure of the Super League. “It is not as if football in Europe consists of a camp here and a camp there,” said Michael Gerlinger, the new vice-chairman of the ECA and director of law at the record champions Bayern Munich kicker.
The ECA will “approach all people and associations very openly and transparently or wait to see whether they approach us,” said Gerlinger. There is “no rift between the ECA clubs, even if we have lost twelve prominent members. However, I assume that some of them will return”. So far, none of these twelve clubs have reported.
The rest of them hadn’t heard of their plans. “It was threatening, yes,” said Gerlinger: “The idea that was conveyed to us was that the agreement of a successful cooperation with UEFA would be the sure milestone to prevent a Super League.” With regard to individuals, things happened “that are not positive and also not to be tolerated”.
Gerlinger was appointed the new ECA vice-president on Wednesday evening. Paris St. Germain’s club boss Nasser al-Khelaifi was appointed new chairman on Wednesday, succeeding breakaway Andrea Agnelli. The president of Juventus Turin is considered to be one of the main initiators of the Super League.