Italian FA threaten to expel Juventus over Super League stance

The Italian FA has confirmed that they could expel Juventus from Serie A if they choose to remain part of the European Super League.

While nine of the initial twelve founding clubs have pulled out of the proposed project, three have decided to stand firm: Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

All three recently released a joint statement insisting that while they do want to work with UEFA, they also want to do all they can to keep some version of the idea alive.

Juve keep on fighting

In addition to potential UEFA sanctions, Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina has warned of far more serious repercussions for Juventus while speaking to Naples-based radio station Radio Kiss Kiss.

“The rules are clear, if Juventus are still part of the Super League when it enters next season, it can’t participate in Serie A.

“I am sorry for fans, but rules are rules and they apply to everyone.

“I hope this holdout ends soon.”

In a separate interview with Radio Rai, Gravina also said the following: “The rules foresee the non-participation in our championship if the principles established by the federation and UEFA are not accepted. 

“We are all a bit tired of this tug-of-war between UEFA and these three clubs. I hope this dispute can be resolved as soon as possible. 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.”

While this appears to be a fairly stern warning, the Old Lady seems to be standing by the side of Barcelona and Real Madrid in this venture for now.

Whether Gravina’s comments lead to a change in tune from the Italian giants remains to be seen, but for now, it appears as if the stalemate is set to continue.

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