Special Report: What do the ECA actually want?

30 March 2021

Photo: Alamy Liverpool players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid in June 2019.

Hunt for settlement on Champions League reforms, previously promised by late March, goes on without resolution.

Numerous sources across European game express concern about ECA, alleging that the body wants to ultimately take over the running of European club competition and is positioning itself to do so.

Champions League reform talks broke down at the twelfth hour after clubs demanded majority control over commercial joint venture with UEFA.

“They are set up as a lobby group, but you can see from the people they are hiring that their ambitions lie beyond that.”

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Deadlines come and go in all walks of life, but three weeks after the European Club Association (ECA)  President Andrea Agnelli said that a resolution over the future of European club competition was “a couple of weeks” away, a resolution seems no closer than ever.

A UEFA Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday set up to rubber stamp what Agnelli terms a “beautiful” new format, is now not going to deliver that decision, having already been postponed three times since the start of the month.

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