Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has been voted onto the Board of the European Clubs’ Association.
Joining the ECA Board further signifies Manchester City’s growing power and position within European football, with the treble-winners having topped the Deloitte Money League in 2023 and been named as the Ballon d’Or Club of the Year in 2022.
Manchester City won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in June, beating Inter Milan in Istanbul after Rodri’s thumping strike in the 68th minute at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
The maiden European triumph came alongside major domestic success, as Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League title for a third successive season, and lifted the Emirates FA Cup after a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.
In February, Manchester City were hit with a swathe of Premier League charges for alleged financial breaches, with the club strongly refuting allegations relating to the 115 charges.
The breaches are alleged to have taken place over the course of nine years and relate to financial information, profitability and sustainability, player and manager remuneration, failure to cooperate and UEFA regulations.
Manchester City have also had a turbulent relationship with UEFA in the past, with the club having successfully overturned a two-ban from European competitions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2020.
The election of Ferran Soriano to the powerful European Clubs’ Association (ECA) Board affirms Manchester City’s position, with BBC Sport’s Simon Stone confirming that the Blues’ CEO had replaced Tottenham’s Daniel Levy as the Premier League’s representative on the committee.
Soriano had previously acted as an ECA observer, but joins an expanded Board after the organisation grew to include over 450 clubs.
Manchester City were amongst the 12 clubs to dramatically resign their position from the ECA upon the launch of the European Super League, however retained membership having backed down from plans to join a breakaway competition.
The ECA is chaired by Paris Saint-Germain’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and acts as an internationally recognised ‘independent body for football clubs at European level’ aiming to ‘safeguard, strengthen and develop European clubs’ interests.’
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