Celtic chief keeps seat at top of European football
By James Black
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has been re-elected to Executive Board of the European Clubs Association (ECA), it has been confirmed.
The 16-man board includes representatives from some of the biggest clubs on the planet with Real Madrid’s Pedro López Jiménez, Bayern Munich’s Michael Gerlinger, Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward and PSG’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi all involved.
Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli was elected as Chairman, replacing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Lawwell has also been elected as one of the ECA’s four representatives on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.
The Celtic Chief Executive, who has been a member of the Executive Board since 2014, also serves on the UEFA Club Competitions Committee which is responsible for organising all major UEFA competitions; including the Champions League and Europa League.
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The ECA replaced the G-14 Group of clubs and the European Football Club Forum and represent club’s views on the top issues in European football tosafeguard and promote their interests.
Speaking following his appointment, ECA Chairman Andrea Agnelli said:
“My predecessor, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has set a great example and has set the bar of achievements at a very high level.
“I am looking forward, together with the Executive Board and the Administration, to build on his significant results as we manage ECA in the coming years.
“It is a huge honour and a great responsibility the European clubs have entrusted me with.
“I am looking forward to working closely with all stakeholders within the game in order to protect, promote and develop club football at all levels across Europe.”
Celtic are one of five Scottish clubs who are members of the ECA alongside Rangers, Motherwell, Aberdeen and Hearts. Rangers were a founding member of the group in 2008.