The president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, has assured that if the Juventus continue to support the Super league at the time of registering for the next Serie A championship would “be excluded” from the Italian league.
“The ‘Juve’ would be excluded if it does not withdraw from the Super League”, said the head of the transalpine federation bluntly this Monday in Naples, according to statements collected by the Italian sports newspaper ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’.
What’s more, Gravina asked the three clubs to still cling to the project -Juventus, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona- that they finish “soon” with this “tug of war”. “As you know, there was rectification of nine clubs. Another three, including Juventus, are resisting a lot,” he stressed.
“But there is a very clear and precise rule of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and that will be reflected in the statutes of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the federations. If the club does not accept the principle, sorry, it would be discarded. But I hope this tug of war will stop soon, “he concluded.
On April 19, twelve European clubs -AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur- announced the founding of the European Super League, made up of a total of 20 teams.
However, after the threats from FIFA and UEFA and the rejection of leagues, associations and fans in Spain, England and Italy, the project fell apart. First, the six British clubs were erased, causing a chain reaction in which Inter Milan, Milan and Atlético de Madrid also announced their retirement.
On the contrary, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus resist despite everything. Last week, UEFA announced that the nine ‘repentant’ clubs will donate 15 million euros to benefit children, youth and grassroots football in local communities in Europe “as a gesture of goodwill”, while the ‘rebels’ face fines of 100 million euros if they go ahead.