Arsenal’s rehabilitation on the European stage continues with news that Vinai Venkatesham will take up a role on the Executive Board of the European Club Association with immediate effect.
The Gunners’ CEO was elected to the board in early March and held the role for 43 days before the club tendered its resignation from the association in the aftermath of the launch of the European Super League.
Obviously, the Super League thing didn’t exactly go to plan and Arsenal, plus eight other clubs involved, have since been invited back into the fold after what was labelled “a regrettable and turbulent episode”.
— ECA (@ECAEurope) March 8, 2021
Congrats to Vinai Venkatesham, @Arsenal, who was recently appointed to the UCC SA Board and will take up a seat in the ECA Executive Board with immediate effect. #ECAGeneralAssembly pic.twitter.com/GxHYeofikd
— ECA (@ECAEurope) September 7, 2021
Vinai will represent the ECA on the Board of Administration of UEFA Club Competitions SA (UCC) which is a subsidiary company of UEFA.
In UEFA’s words: “The UCC’s role is to advise and make recommendations to UEFA Club Competitions’ Committee on strategic business matters and opportunities for its consideration before being referred up to the UEFA Executive Committee for approval.”
We can’t tell for sure, but we’re almost certain this is more prestigious than being in the Europa Conference League…