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”This is like the local weather disaster,” warns Daniel Lambert, govt director of the century-old Bohemian FC, in the League of Ireland. “If we continue to ignore the imbalance, we are going to destroy the entire ecosystem. “Big clubs have the right to be big, but this should not mean that the others do not exist.”

A tone of revolt permeated the discussion board organized in Brussels this Wednesday by the newly born European Club Union (UEC), the group that goals to convey collectively the almost 1,500 medium and small First and Second Division football golf equipment that make up, together with non-professional golf equipment, the base of the pyramid of competitions for the hottest sport on the continent. They had been supported by Margaritis Schinas, vp of the European Commission, Matteo Zacchetti, sports activities professional at the Commission; and the MEPs Tomasz Frankowsky and Iván García del Blanco. They proclaimed ideas of “transparency”, “sustainability”, “equality”, “solidarity” and steadiness in “competition”, after which Javier Tebas, president of La Liga and nice promoter of the undertaking, closed the conclave with a depth cost. “If within a period of a few weeks we are not able to create a strong association that defends all clubs, not only those that participate in European competitions, the future of football will be dark,” warned Tebas, who maintains, like many presidents of golf equipment, that the Super League, the elitist undertaking led by Madrid and Barça that goals to abolish the open format of the Champions League to type a event analogous to the NBA, continues to be the secret goal of the strongest golf equipment, represented by the European Association of Clubs or ECA.

“UEFA is kidnapped by this elite that runs the ECA, and the ECA says that it represents the clubs but does not allow the majority to have the right to vote,” Tebas concluded. “Why can’t clubs be governed with a one-club/one-vote regime?”

The ECA is the solely group formally acknowledged as the golf equipment’ interlocutor earlier than UEFA. It is chaired by Nasser al-Khelaifi, who along with serving as president of Paris Saint-Germain is the prime govt of Bein Sports, an organization that owns the audiovisual rights to a big half of the football competitions round the world. “The conflict of interest is clear!” says Dennis Gudasic, president of Lokomotiv Zagreb and president of the UEC. “How do you explain that the ECA and UEFA have formed a joint commercial alliance to sell the rights to the competitions?”

“We,” concludes Gudasic, “see ourselves as the defenders of the founding values ​​of UEFA, which has succumbed to the pressures of the richest clubs, which seek an NBA model. This model would ensure the privileged position of the large companies and prevent the development of the medium and small ones. Phenomena like Porto in the 80s or Ajax in the 70s would be unrepeatable.”

The Brussels assembly was acquired with horror at the ECA management. The official membership group issued an announcement denouncing the UEC initiative as a product of “increasingly extremist individuals” centered on “destabilizing the entire football governance structure.”

A spokesperson for the ECA said yesterday that his group doesn’t intend to breed the Super League, nor set up completely different, kind of watertight classes inside the European competitions, as the UEC suspects. “That’s nonsense,” he judges, on situation of anonymity. He provides that the “one club/one vote” formulation isn’t the solely technique to construction a democratic order. According to this supply, the ECA is ruled by a “proportional system” wherein golf equipment are grouped and vote for his or her representatives in subsections in keeping with the coefficients that UEFA assigns to their nationwide federations. The golf equipment of the six strongest federations – England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands – are represented by 12 members on the ECA steering committee, the identical quantity represented by the remaining federations. Al Khelaifi isn’t voted however “appointed by the board of directors”, and, in keeping with the ECA, he doesn’t occupy an govt place, however somewhat an virtually “ceremonial” one.

Madrid and Barça

”The proof that the strongest golf equipment can’t hijack football as Tebas says is that Madrid and Barcelona had to surrender their place in the ECA to attempt to discovered the Super League,” signifies this spokesperson for the employers’ affiliation. “Within the ECA they would have no support.”

The ECA’s arguments don’t persuade everybody. Together with different delegates from 90 medium and small golf equipment, Guasic, Lambert and emissaries akin to Steve Parish, president of Crystal Palace, or Fran Canal, basic director of Osasuna, went to Brussels to precise their concern about an incontestable actuality: the competitions replicate what which appears an unstoppable hole between the wealthy and the modest. According to information offered at the conclave, in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France the golf equipment of the prime three They win extra video games than ever. Clubs that don’t belong to the 5 main leagues have progressively been neglected of the Champions League spherical of 16: from 31 in the interval 1993-2002 to solely 7 in the interval 2013-2023. The revenue generated by the ten richest golf equipment in Europe has gone from representing 15% of the whole in 1992 to virtually 30% since 2016. The revenue distributed by the Champions League represented 6% of the wealth produced by football in 2009 and now they cowl 16%. Between 2015 and 2021, European golf equipment elevated their revenue by 9% on common; however the ten richest golf equipment – Chelsea, PSG, City, Bayern, Barça, Madrid, Liverpool, Atlético, Juventus and Dortmund – elevated their revenue by 48%.

“The impact of small clubs in decision-making is non-existent because the influential group of the ECA is the big teams,” stated Fran Canal. “No small team is part of the UEFA executive council. “A possible and easy solution to restore balance is to put a salary ceiling.”

Javier Tebas towards Nasser al-Khelaifi make up an explosive confrontation. Symptom of an business in a everlasting state of pressure though the worth of the product it gives continues to rise. An ecosystem, as Lambert stated, threatened by the focus of energy.

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