The “Big Six” of the Premier League are among the nine founding members of the Super League who have officially rejoined the European Club Association.

The six – along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – are now back on the ECA squad after stepping down in April to form the breakaway Super League.

The news follows the announcement of a “peace deal” between UEFA and these nine clubs in May.

The ECA said in a statement: “The ECA Board took into account the clubs’ recognition that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon this ESL project entirely.

“The ECA Board has also recognized the clubs’ declared willingness to actively partner with the ECA in their common mission to develop European club football in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few.

“This decision by the ECA board marks the end of an unfortunate and turbulent episode for European football and corresponds to the relentless focus of the ECA on strengthening unity in European football.”

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain committed to the Super League project and have taken legal action to protect themselves from UEFA disciplinary action.

A ruling by a commercial court in Madrid found that UEFA’s attempts to sanction them and block the formation of the league are in breach of EU competition law.

A final decision on the case is expected by the European Court of Justice next year after a Super League motion for an expedited decision was rejected by the ECJ.

The Super League trio released a statement last month alleging that the Madrid court’s injunction also prevented the implementation of one of the terms of UEFA’s peace deal with the other nine clubs.

Failure to comply with the ruling would result in fines or potential criminal liability, but the nine clubs have continued to reintegrate into the existing structures of European football.

The peace agreement announced in May obliged the nine clubs to make a joint goodwill gesture of 15 million in the future to be played in an unauthorized competition.

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