Gerlinger reelected to ECA board
Michael Gerlinger, FC Bayern’s legal director, has been reelected to the executive board of the European Club Association (ECA) at the organisation’s 23rd General Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday. “I’m very pleased that I’ll remain part of the ECA board for the period ahead,” said Gerlinger. “European football faces many important decisions. Together with my colleagues on the board, we want to tackle these in the best interests of the clubs and the fans.”
Gerlinger was elected to the ECA board two years ago after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had stepped down. The 46-year-old has now been reappointed to the Board of Administration of the UEFA Club Competitions SA and thereby also receives a seat on the ECA board for the 2019-2023 cycle. Andrea Agnelli of Juventus remains chairman.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund CEO, joins Gerlinger on the 24-man board. Fernando Carro, CEO of Bayer Leverkusen, withdrew his candidacy in the run-up to the election. He will take over Gerlinger's post on the UEFA Club Competition Committee (CCC), a body made up of representatives of the ECA and members of UEFA. Carro is the only representative from a German club on the CCC.
The ECA was set up over 11 years ago in January 2008 to represent the interests of clubs. Since 2016, the organisation has been represented with two seats on the UEFA Executive Committee and since 2017, it’s marketed European club competitions together with UEFA.