Arsenal have left the European Club Association and Vinai Venkatesham has stepped down from the position he got on the board a month ago.

Vinai Venkatesham
Vinai Venkatesham

Following Arsenal’s announcement that they’re planning to help form a new European Super League, the club have pulled out of the European Clubs Association, with Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham stepping down from the ECA board.

The ECA represents Europe’s clubs as a voice for its members, but with Arsenal now trying to take part in the European Super League, they’re pulling out of the ECA.

The situation is a bit of a shambles, given Venkatesham only joined the ECA board in March. Arsenal said at the time they were “delighted” with the appointment to help “shape the future of the game with UEFA and FIFA”.

Now, Arsenal are working against UEFA and looking to form a new competition that limits the opportunities for the vast majority of those ECA clubs.

It would still be possible to qualify for the European Super League, but there would only be five qualification spots available each season.

Realistically, this is unlikely to be good news for any clubs other than the 15 founders, so there was little chance Venkatesham would even have the option to keep his place on the ECA board.