PSG head to lead European clubs after Super League turmoil

GENEVA (AP) — After resisting offers to take his team into the ill-fated Super League, Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) president was picked to lead the network of European football clubs on Wednesday.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s selection as European Club Association (ECA)chairman extends a stellar week in football politics for PSG and Bayern Munich – the two most notable absences from the rebel Super League group, which ended the short-lived project.

Without Bayern and PSG, the 12 Super League clubs were isolated in England, Spain and Italy even before a massive backlash led by fans worldwide helped end the project in less than three days. Bayern and PSG, which met in last year’s Champions League final, now hold both seats kept for clubs on the UEFA executive committee, which ultimately makes decisions on competition changes.

The Super League rebels all left the 246-member ECA after announcing their project.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli also resigned as ECA chairman, and from UEFA’s executive committee. It left Al-Khelaïfi as the most prominent board member at the ECA to restore its fractured relationship with UEFA.

“The leadership, integrity and togetherness of our organisation has never been more required than at this pivotal moment in European football,” Al-Khelaïfi said in an
ECA statement.

He was hailed as “a great man” by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Tuesday when the European football body had its annual meeting.