Uefa and ECA renew MoU to dampen breakaway league rumours

Aleksander Čeferin has prepared for his re-election as Uefa president by renewing the organisation’s Memorandum of Understanding with the European Club Association.

The MoU is the fourth such agreement between European football’s governing body and the ECA, which represents the interests of professional clubs across the continent. The new agreement runs until 2024, and builds on the cooperation which first began in 2008.

While unlikely to completely kill off the threat of a breakaway ‘European Super League’, the news will dampen speculation for the foreseeable future, strengthening ties between Uefa and the top clubs while maintaining the financial structure agreed in the 2015 MoU, which guaranteed a higher share of revenue and a greater say in the running of the game to Europe’s biggest teams.

That includes the clubs receiving a greater share of overall Uefa revenues. In the statement confirming the agreement, Uefa and the ECA wrote that the “the financial reward recognising the contribution of clubs to the success of Uefa national team competitions has been updated”, and now includes the 2024 European Championship in Germany and its qualifying rounds.

The joint statement also focused on issues of integrity, stating that the MoU would “preserve [European football] from scourges such as violence, match-fixing and doping” as well as recommitting to “develop and evolve Financial Fair Play”.

Čeferin was confirmed for a first full term as Uefa president at today’s Uefa Congress, with no rival candidates standing against him. He initially took up the role after assuming the remainder of disgraced former president Michel Platini’s four-year term in 2016, and will now serve as Uefa president until 2023.