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Manchester United ‘QUIT European Club Association with Ed Woodward resigning from senior UEFA role’

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham ‘QUIT the European Club Association with Red Devils CEO Ed Woodward resigning from his senior UEFA role’ after trio of Premier League clubs joined Europe’s elite in announcing shock Super League

  • 12 European plans announced plans to break away to a European Super League  
  • The dozen clubs included all of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams
  • Manchester United have now reportedly quit the European Club Association
  • Ed Woodward is also said to have quit his UEFA Professional Strategy Council job

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all quit the European Club Association after the English trio joined nine other clubs in creating a Super League, according to reports.

On Sunday night, 12 European clubs stunned the football world by announcing a breakaway Super League that would replace their involvements in the UEFA Champions League.

United, Arsenal and Tottenham, along with fellow English sides Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, were one of the dozen clubs who went against the ECA’s desire not to pursue the breakaway league.

Manchester United have quit the European Club Association after the European Super League plans were announced, according to reports

Manchester United have quit the European Club Association after the European Super League plans were announced, according to reports

United CEO Ed Woodward has also reportedly quit his role on UEFA's Strategy Council

United CEO Ed Woodward has also reportedly quit his role on UEFA’s Strategy Council

And according to the Manchester Evening News, United have now quit the organisation representing the 246 leading clubs across Europe, with chief executive Ed Woodward leaving his role on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.

ESPN also report that Arsenal and Tottenham have quit the ECA as well, with Gunners chief Vinai Venkatesham standing down from his role on the organisation’s board.

It was reported on Sunday night by The Athletic that Juventus have also quit the ECA, with owner Andrea Agnelli leaving his role as President on the ECA and his position on UEFA’s Executive Committee. 

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer is one of the four vice-chairmen at the top of the European Super League hierarchy. 

Arsenal and Tottenham have also quit the ECA that represents 246 clubs, according to reports

Arsenal and Tottenham have also quit the ECA that represents 246 clubs, according to reports

Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham has also quit his position on the ECA board of directors

Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham has also quit his position on the ECA board of directors

Juventus chief Agnelli, Liverpool’s John W Henry and Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke are also deputies to ESL chairman Florentino Perez of Real Madrid. 

In a statement announcing the European Super League, Glazer said: ‘By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.’  

The Super League will see clubs play midweek European matches in a 20-team league. The 12 founding members of the league will qualify automatically for the tournament each year along with three others, with five spaces available for other teams to qualify into.  

The branding and the tournament format was announced by the 12 clubs on Sunday night

The branding and the tournament format was announced by the 12 clubs on Sunday night

Teams will be split into two groups of ten, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals – with play-offs to decide the other two teams reaching the knockout rounds.

The creation of the European Super League has been met with serious criticism from FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League and the Football Association – who have all threatened to take legal action against the teams. 

Several senior football figures and pundits have also criticised the ‘closed off’ tournament, including the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards.

Out of the teams who were listed in Forbes’ top-ten most valuable football teams in the world last week, only Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have not signed up for the Super League. 

More to follow. 

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