The G14, the group of the fourteen biggest clubs in Europe (although technically there are… or should I say were, eighteen clubs), is to be disbanded after UEFA and FIFA agreed to listen to their bones of contention.
Instead, a new body called the European Clubs Association, will represent clubs of Europe at European and international level. The intention is to make this new body the sole independent organisation representing over a hundred clubs throughout Europe.
One issue, the payment of compensation to clubs whose players compete in World Cups and European Championships is set to be resolved, with the clubs finally getting their way.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, as you’d expect, is putting a positive spin on the announcement, believing that “clubs… are at last to become a part of the pyramidal football organisation.”
I can’t help but feel that this is finally an acknowledgement of the power big clubs now hold; an admission that they can no longer be ignored – full stop. We shall see.