Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only clubs not to have officially withdrawn from the Super League, the breakaway project launched less than a month ago by 12 elite European clubs but collapsed within 48 hours.
The La Liga and Serie A giants released a joint statement on Saturday slamming ‘unacceptable pressures, threats and offences’ to abandon the Super League.
FIGC President Gabriele Gravina confirmed today that Juventus will not be allowed to take part in the Serie A next season if they don’t abandon the competition.
“The rules are clear.
“If Juventus is still part of the Super League when it enters next season, it can’t participate in Serie A.
“I would be sorry for the fans but rules are rules and they apply to everyone.”
Pressure is mounting internally and externally at Juve to withdraw from the Super League.
“We are all a bit tired of this tug-of-war between Uefa and these three clubs,” said Gravina. “I hope this dispute can be resolved as soon as possible. I hope to be able to mediate between Juventus and Uefa.
“The rules foresee the non-participation in our championship if the principles established by thefederation and Uefa are not accepted.
“It’s not good for international football, Italian football, Juventus. We have already said that the football association respects the rules.”
It’s a major game of poker at the moment. Would FIGC effectively relegate Juventus? Well they did it once before in 2006 when Juve were relegated due to the Calciopoli scandal. I am not sure that Juventus would be willing to take that extreme penalty due to the huge financial problems that the club has.
But is Andrea Agnelli willing to compromise here, or will be like Ed Woodward at Manchester United be forced out of his job due to the Super League?