Vinai Venkatesham has been elected to the executive board of the European Club Association; the body that represents the interests of professional association football clubs in UEFA
The Arsenal CEO follows in the footsteps of Raul Sanllehi and Ivan Gazidis as the Gunners representative on the committee which features head honchos from a host of the continent’s biggest clubs.
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In a statement given to Football.London, an Arsenal representative said: “We’re delighted that Vinai has been appointed to the European Clubs’ association board.
“The ECA represents clubs across Europe and is central to helping shape the future of the game with UEFA and FIFA.”
The ECA broadcast the introduction to its 25th General Assembly live on YouTube today. Amongst other things, Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Juventus and the ECA, touched on the impact of the pandemic on European football and the debates that are taking place behind closed doors about the game’s future, including how to re-engage supporters.
“There are too many games that are not competitive, both at a domestic and international level,” he said before calling on the association’s 200 members to vote in favour of enlarging the Champions League by replacing its existing group stage format with a Swiss-style 36-team mega group.