The announcement of the European Super League has meant that both Arsenal and Manchester United have resigned from the ECA. Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham has also resigned from his position on the ECA board, as per the report. Ed Woodward, who is the chief of Manchester United has also stepped down from his role with UEFA.
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has slammed FIFA and UEFA for making a packed football calendar, causing injuries to players. Koeman's outburst came after Barcelona's two first team players, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto both got injured in their recent game against Atletico Madrid. To prevent further injuries, Koeman decided to rest Messi for their Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev.
The decision has been taken in order to study precisely the impact of spectators on the UEFA Return to Play Protocol and will only witness spectators up to 30 % of the capacity of the stadium. It was confirmed that all other UEFA matches shall continue to be played behind closed doors until further notice, as initially decided by the UEFA Executive Committee on July 9, 2020.
England manager Gareth Southgate picked up Kalvin Phillips, who won promotion from the Championship with Leeds United this year along with Manchester City’s Phil Foden and 18-year-old Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood. England will travel to face Iceland in Reykjavik on September 5 and then head to Copenhagen to face Denmark on September 8.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the single-game knockout format, used in the CL this year from the quarter-final onwards,will be considered in the future. Ceferin highlighted that the new format, implemented owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, has produced more exciting football. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon to complete the Champions League this season under a new single-legged format, behind closed doors.