The European club association ECA has also rearranged its top after the Super League quake. PSG club boss Nasser al-Khelaifi was appointed as the new chairman on Wednesday, the ECA announced in the evening.
The 47-year-old succeeds the renegade Andrea Agnelli. In addition, Michael Gerlinger, Legal Director at Bayern Munich, was appointed first Vice-Chairman.
Agnelli, boss of Juventus Turin, resigned from the ECA top and from the UEFA executive on Monday after twelve clubs around the Italian record champions announced the establishment of a Super League. Just two days later, the project failed again in the face of an unprecedented storm of protest from football and the fan scene. The ECA had also clearly positioned itself against the Super League.
“The leadership, integrity and cohesion of our organization have never been more necessary for European football than they were at this important moment,” said al-Khelaifi: “We want to strengthen the ECA in its role as the legitimate and sole voice of European clubs again.” Like the German candidates Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, al-Khelaifi’s club Paris St. Germain was not interested in participating in the Super League.
On Tuesday, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was elected to succeed Agnelli in the executive branch of the European Football Union (UEFA). The CEO of Bayern Munich is now one of two representatives of the ECA alongside al-Khelaifi. Rummenigge himself had headed the ECA from 2008 to 2017.