According to ESPN’s James Olley, Arsenal have quit our membership of the European Club Association and Vinai Venkatesham has stepped down from his position on the board.
The Gunners CEO was only elected on 8 March (43 days ago) with the club stating at the time:
“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.”
Vinai Venkatesham has stood down from his position on the ECA board. Arsenal have left the ECA.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 19, 2021
The decision comes after Arsenal and 11 other clubs went behind the backs of the ECA’s other 230 members to organise the European Super League.
The announcement of the breakaway competition was confirmed last night. It has been pilloried left, right and centre. Lawyers are now involved.
It is a mess. And we’re right in the thick of it.