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Ed Woodward, Vinai Venkatesham and the executives who have quit for European Super League


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The football landscape has been rocked following confirmation that 12 clubs from across Europe have launched a Super League.

Manchester United and Manchester City have been joined in the new competition by four other Premier League sides, consisting of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, while the other representatives from the continent are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

The announcement has been widely condemned, with UEFA chief Alexander Ceferin slamming those involved in a fiery press conference on Monday, suggesting players involved could be banned from representing their international sides and teams could be expelled from European competition immediately.

While it is not the first time that controversial proposals for a European Super League have been raised, it appears different this time with the launch of an official website and announcement on how the structure will look.

Monday also saw a number of figures from the 12 clubs involved resign from positions with the European Club Association, which is closely tied to UEFA.

That provides further indication that the plans are more advanced than previous incarnations and it appears there is no turning back.

Here, we have identified the individuals so far who have quit their roles in the ECA. This article will be updated if there are any more changes.

Ed Woodward

Manchester United have resigned from the ECA and Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role with UEFA amid the club’s Super League involvement, as reported by the MEN.

United‘s executive vice-chairman was appointed onto Uefa’s Professional Football Strategy Council as an ECA representative in September 2017 but has now resigned from that position.

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Woodward will not be taking a role in the new European Super League but it has been confirmed that Joel Glazer will be one of the vice-chairman of the Super League.

Andrea Agnelli

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli was chairman of the ECA and, until the developments on Sunday, was a close ally of UEFA chief Alexander Ceferin – but that relationship has now, understandably, soured.

Agnelli resigned from his position with the ECA on Monday, with Juventus leaving the European Club Association, and Ceferen slammed Agnelli in his press conference.

Like Glazer, Agnelli is a vice-chairman of the Super League and has reportedly been a driving force in the creation of the new tournament.

Vinai Venkatesham

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was only appointed to the European Club Association’s board in March but has stepped down following Arsenal’s resignation from the ECA.

Just a month later, that relationship has ended as Arsenal join five other Premier League sides in the new competition.

However, unlike representatives from United and Juventus, Arsenal will not have a candidate as vice-chairman of the Super League but owner Stan Kroenke will be on the board, which will consist of representatives from all the founding clubs.

Steven Zhang

President of Inter Milan, Steven Zhang has also resigned from the European Club Association board on Monday, Italian media has suggested.

Like the others, the decision came after the Serie A side joined the new Super League – effectively ending the relationship with UEFA.

Zhang was nominated as a board member to the ECA back in September 2019.


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