Rummenigge is in clear opposition to the Super League plans
Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has returned to the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA) in the great Super League crisis. The 65-year-old German was acclaimed on Tuesday at the UEFA Congress in Montreux as a representative of the European Club Association ECA.
Rummenigge's term of office runs until 2024, succeeding Andrea Agnelli. The boss of Juventus Turin had resigned from the post because of the rejections of the plans he had significantly advanced for an exclusive Super League. Rummenigge had already been a member of the Executive Committee from 2016 to 2017, but then withdrew in favor of Agnelli.
Now Rummenigge is also considered a shop steward for UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in the heated argument with the twelve Super League clubs. FC Bayern, winner of the Champions League last year, had clearly distanced itself from the tendency to replace and is therefore also in line with the German Football Association (DFB).
DFB President Fritz Keller called for the Super League clubs and their junior teams to be excluded from all previous competitions. “Football is open and there for everyone. A closed Super League, on the other hand, only for the super-rich and super-reckless,” said the head of the association in a Twitter message from the DFB. Germany seems to be an important partner for Ceferin in the tough fight with the renegades.
Thanks to Rummenigge, German football is now back on the UEFA executive with two representatives. DFB Vice President Rainer Koch was confirmed for another four years. Germany is also represented in the council of the world association FIFA by his colleague Peter Peters. The UEFA Congress, at which ÖFB President Leo Windtner and General Secretary Thomas Hollerer were present, was more than the elections, but it was shaped by the debate about the Super League.
The UEFA boss for women's football, the German Nadine Keßler, spoke out against it – although the Super League clubs on Monday also announced the creation of an elite league for women in the future. Women's football not only needs more clubs, “but also a better balance between the clubs so that more than just a few outstanding players can benefit from it,” said the former world footballer in an open letter.
This is not possible with a closed Super League, emphasized Keßler and added: “The values of our sport are important in times when greed seems to overshadow the general needs of society and football as a whole.”