Josep Maria Bartomeu with Ivan Gazidis of Arsenal at the ECA Assembly / ECA

Josep Maria Bartomeu has taken part today in the ECA General Assembly in Geneva. The main order of business was the composition of the Executive Commission, of which the blaugrana president will continue to be a member for the next two years as he is one of the organisation’s representatives on the UEFA Strategic Committee. The new executive has reelected Karl Heinz Rummenigge as president of the European Club Association.

In the Assembly a proposition was put forward in favour of the refugees who are currently arriving in Europe. The idea is that each of the clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League make a donation of a euro for each ticket sold in the first game of European competition in their respective stadiums. The ECA will bring the donations together and will distribute them to various European organizations who are involved in helping the refugees. He next few days more details will be announced and it is expected that FC Barcelona will play their part in their first home this season in the Champions League on 29 September against Bayer Leverkusen.

Furthermore, before the meeting, president Bartomeu was congratulated by ECA president Karl Heinz Rummenigge after the organisation had recognised Barça as the best European club of the year. The award was received during a dinner prior to the meeting and was collected on the Club’s behalf by director of football management Raul Sanllehí.

President Bartomeu is expected to travel on Wednesday to UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon to take part in the organizations Strategic Committee, formed by members of UEFA, EPFL – professional leagues – Fifpro – Footballers’ Unions and ECA, who , aside from Bartomeu, have Umberto Gandini (AC Milan), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal FC) and Evgeni Giner (PFC CSKA Moscou) as representatives on the committee.

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