Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is voted on to the European Club Association board just five months after his side withdrew from the Super League as he joins chiefs from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid
- Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy has become a represenative on the ECA board
- His club were roundly criticised for joining the European Super League in April
- Spurs and nine other clubs withdrew after criticism before re-joining the ECA
- Chiefs from Inter Milan and Atletico have also been appointed to the board
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy has been appointed to the European Club Association’s executive board, just months after his side withdrew from the controversial European Super League project.
Spurs were among 12 clubs to sign on to the newly-formed competition in April, with fans, pundits and rival clubs roundly condemning all involved, before Tottenham joined nine teams in withdrawing.
Those nine sides, including the Premier League’s big six, all rejoined the ECA – which is the sole independent body directly representing clubs at European level – having initially pulled out to sign with the Super League.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been appointed to the ECA board just months after the club withdrew from the European Super League
The ECA board already had a number of top executive from some of the biggest clubs in world football – including PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Bayern supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Dortmund’s Hans-Joachim Watzke and Lyon’s Jean-Michel Aulas.
And now Levy will join the group on the board after Tottenham pledged their future to core European competitions, with the ECA posting a brief statement on Twitter reading: ‘Congratulations to Daniel Levy, Chairman @SpursOfficial who has been elected to the ECA Executive Board.’
On the same day, the ECA also announced two other executives would be joining their board – Miguel Angel Gil, CEO of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan chief Alessandro Antonello. Both clubs had also been part of the Super League before quitting to rejoin the ECA.
He has been joined by Inter chief Alessandro Antonello (L) and Atletico’s Migel Angel Gil (R). Both clubs also signed up to the Super League before pulling out
Levy has been chairman of Tottenham since 2001 after his company ENIC purchased the club from former owner Alan Sugar, and he has transformed the north London side from a struggling mid-table outfit to the Champions League.
He has also overseen the construction of a state-of-the-art training facility and £1billion new stadium seating 62,000, but has incurred the wrath of fans over his running of the club and transfer policy.
His decision to join the Super League initially caused huge protests by Spurs fans outside the club’s stadium, with many calling for himself and the ENIC board to quit and sell to another party.
Levy and Tottenham were roundly condemned for joining the Super League along with the ‘top six’ Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and owner John Henry (R)
Spurs fans came out in their droves to protest the club’s involvement before they pulled out
Spurs issued an apology for their involvement in the project, saying they should have informed fans beforehand and stressed it entered on the pretense that the format would evolve through dialogue with key bodies in football.
‘We have seen football fans around the world come together to show their strength of feeling regarding the future of the game we all feel so passionately about, with strong views expressed on the proposed establishment of a new European Super League,’ Spurs said in a statement.
‘It’s important to underline that we entered the ESL with the expectation that the format, rules and structures would evolve through dialogue with key parties, namely the Premier League, FA, Uefa, Fifa and, crucially, fans. It should never have been conveyed with certainty when it was in fact a framework agreement for consultation going forward.
‘We should have challenged and reconsidered the annual access system. We wholeheartedly regret that we involved the club and that the legal process itself meant we were unable to consult our fans early on – we apologise unreservedly.’