Italy's Juve to be excluded from Serie A if still involved in Super League - federation head

A breakaway Super League set up by 12 clubs was announced last month but fell apart after 48 hours. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the three clubs still involved in the project.

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said, "the club will be excluded if they decide not to withdraw from the Super League."   -  Getty Images

Italy's Juventus will be excluded from the next Serie A championship season should the Italian football club decide to stay in the proposed European Super League, the head of the national football federation (FIGC) said on Monday.

"If Juventus does not respect the rules they will be out. At the time of registration for the next Serie A championship the club will be excluded if they decide not to withdraw from the Super League," Gabriele Gravina was quoted as saying by Italian news agency Ansa.

A breakaway Super League set up by 12 clubs was announced last month but fell apart after 48 hours. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the three clubs still involved in the project.

Juve, Real and Barcelona said they were ready to reconsider the proposed approach to the breakaway plan following the angry backlash across the continent, but added it would be "highly irresponsible" for them to abandon the project altogether.

"We are fully aware of the diversity of reactions to the Super League initiative and, consequently, of the need to reflect on the reasons for some of them," their statement said on Saturday.

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"We are ready to reconsider the proposed approach, as necessary."

They did also denounce the "intolerable" pressure put on them by UEFA to drop the project.

The Super League argued it would increase revenue for the top clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.

UEFA, other teams and fan organisations, however, said the league would only boost the power and wealth of elite clubs, with the European football governing body insisting on Friday that the three clubs will face sanctions.

Juventus declined to comment when approached by Reuters.

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