Juventus has been warned that if they do not withdraw from the controversial Super League proposal, they will be unable to compete in Serie A next season.
When preparations for its launch were revealed, a controversial scheme that had been debated on for some time proved to be a catastrophic disaster, forcing 12 European superpowers to backtrack desperately.
Six Premier League heavyweights led the turnaround, which took place in less than 48 hours, but Juve, along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, has yet to formally retire.
FIGC President’s Word:
Juve, Barcelona, and Real have all spoken out about the “intolerable attacks” made by UEFA and FIFA, but they fear being barred from domestic competition.
The FIGC’s chief, Gabriele Gravina, told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The guidelines are straightforward. If Juventus is already in the Super League next season, it will be unable to compete in Serie A. I’m sorry for the fans, but rules are rules, and everybody must follow them. I’m hoping this strike comes to an end soon.”
Gravina is keen to ensure that Juventus does not miss out on a place in the Italian top flight in 2021-22, with further negotiations between both sides scheduled in the hopes of reaching an agreement.
“They are basic values, affirmed by the Olympic Charter. Then stated by the statutes of national and international federations,” the FIGC president told Radio Anch’io Sport.
“They are clear rules that define the exclusivity of sport management. I’m hoping that this conflict will be settled as quickly as possible. We’re all a little tired of UEFA’s tug-of-war with these three clubs. I’m hoping to double as a go-between for Juventus and UEFA. It’s worse for world football, it’s bad for Italian football, and it’s worse for Juventus. The football association has already stated that it follows the rules. The rules state that if the federation’s and UEFA’s principles are not followed, we will not be able to compete in our championship.”
Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus, has been a leading player in Super League debates. He refuses to admit that the idea is faulty.
Juve has given up the domestic championship to arch-rivals Inter this season. With concerns about Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo’s futures, they have a lot to work out on. And off the field to bounce back better next season.