PSG president Al-Khelaifi replaces Juventus Supremo Agnelli as ECA chairman

PSG president Al-Khelaifi replaces Juventus Supremo Agnelli as ECA chairman

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is the new chairman of the European Club Association, replacing Juventus executive Andrea Agnelli who left the position last week.

Agnelli was one of the leading executives who led the failed breakaway European Super League, where he was to assume the role of chairman. 

This however failed terribly after English clubs withdrew from the proposed league, bowing to pressure from football stakeholders across the world. 

Al-Khelaifi's club was one of the few elite sides who rejected the invitation to join the league, and he addressed the issue in his acceptance speech. 

“I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by my fellow ECA Executive Board Members as Chairman," he said in a statement.

"The leadership, integrity and togetherness of our organisation has never been more required than at this pivotal moment in European football.

"I will provide my unconditional commitment to the entire football community: that means to all ECA Member Clubs from every European nation, and to the fans and communities they represent.

"I, alongside all my fellow ECA Board Members and Clubs, am looking to reinforce ECA in its role as the legitimate and singular voice of Europe’s clubs. Our game, adored by generations of supporters, will only prosper under unity, and it is our duty as the custodians of football to fulfil this obligation."

Al-Khelaifi, leading the organisation, further called for the unity of all stakeholders to improve the game and not their finances. 

"Following the unprecedented events of recent days which has seen attempts to undermine the entire European football community, ECA – representing the leading football clubs of Europe – welcomes the decision from its former member clubs not to pursue their purported 'Super League' project," they said in a statement.

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