Super League stubbornness
Within the space of forty-eight hours, twelve clubs (including Juventus) threatened to dismantle football as we knew it, received massive backlash from fans, governments and football organisations alike, and backed down. It seemed so surreal that only weeks after are the ramifications of the concept being felt.
However, of the twelve clubs that originally signed up for the breakaway competition, only nine have officially withdrawn. While all six English clubs are safe, question marks surround Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, who remain committed to the idea.
Italian football without Juventus?
Appearing on a Naples radio station, President of the Italian Football Federation Gabriele Gravina suggested that there could be strict sanctions, saying that:
“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.
“I hope this hold-out ends soon.”
Juventus will be kicked out of Serie A if they do not withdraw from the ‘European Super League’ pic.twitter.com/cugyvOAbhu
â Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 10, 2021
Capitalising on a poor season?Â
Before this season, Juventus were the star attraction of Italian football. They had won the Serie A nine times in a row, and boast names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Matthias De Ligt.
Whilst the players remain, an unceremonious exit from the Champions League at the hands of Portuguese outfit Porto, combined with a very real possibility that they miss out on Champions League football for the first time since the 2010-11 season, mean that other clubs have filled the entertainment void that they have left.
Juventus sit in fifth place currently, and need to rely on sides above them dropping points to have any chance of gaining qualification to the competition that they last won in the 1995-96 season.
Failure to qualify would represent a huge blow to the Old Lady. So often an attractive prospect for top players due to their seemingly certain position in the Champions League, it would make the rebuilding of an aging squad under rookie manager Andrea Pirlo significantly harder if they are no longer able to attract this top talent.
What would previously have been unthinkable to even threaten, such as the removal of Juventus from the Serie A, now holds more weight. Combine this with the fact that the Turin club posted losses of â¬113.7 million for the 2020-21 campaign, and even their status as the most lucrative Serie A club in terms of TV revenue may be under threat.
Italian Football Federation claims Super League clubs including Juventus & Milan cannot be sanctioned
This article was edited by Tom Canton.