Juventus have been told they will be thrown out of Serie A if they continue to insist on being part of the European Super League which is still clinging on to life.
Although Arsenal and others withdrew from the proposed Super League within hours of it being announced, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are hanging on in there.
There has even been talk of the trio suing Arsenal and co. for breach of contract for their withdrawal after ‘binding contracts’ were signed.
Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina told a Naples radio station, “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.”
Speaking in another interview with Radio Rai, Gravina added, “Today, the world of football has reached the €5bn debt threshold, we have to start putting costs under control.
“I took the liberty of saying that for the 2021-22 season we will make a recommendation, which will be included in the regulations of the individual leagues, not to exceed the cost threshold of the 2020-21 season and then hypothesise a reduction of costs from 10 to 20 per cent per year in subsequent seasons.”
“Those who don’t respect the principles to which they must be inspired.
“They are simple principles, affirmed by the Olympic Charter and then reported by the statutes of national and international federations.
“They are clear principles, in which the exclusivity of sport management is established. I hope and hope that this dispute can be resolved as soon as possible.
“We are all a bit tired of this tug-of-war between UEFA and these three clubs. I hope to be able to mediate between Juventus and UEFA.
“It’s not good for international football, Italian football, Juventus. We have already said that the football association respects the rules.
“The rules foresee the non-participation in our championship if the principles established by the federation and UEFA are not accepted.”
Further punishments could follow although Arsenal have pre-empted some of them by banning themselves from Europe.