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Serie A to EXPEL clubs who attempt to breakaway and form independent league

April 27, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
This could have massive repercussions on Italy's three biggest clubs in the not too distant future.

The fallout from the European Super League (ESL) mess still continues, as recently, the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC), or Italian Football Federation, decided to take a major step on Monday.

This new rule basically states that any club who decides to choose to take part in a privately run competition - such as the ESL - would be banned from playing in domestic leagues. So, in short, if this rule had been in effect previously, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter, would be blocked from taking part in Serie A due to getting involved in the ESL, which was set to be funded by American investment bank JP Morgan.

Interestingly, the measure was unanimously backed by the entire FIGC council, including even, yes, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta.

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina conceded that while the Bianconeri, Rossoneri, and Nerazzurri won't be punished for their involvement in this whole sordid affair, he nonetheless made it clear that "if [anyone] chooses to participate in competitions not authorized by the FIGC, FIFA or UEFA, [they] will lose their membership.

"[In addition], [let me reiterate that] on 21st June, [which is] the deadline for registration applications, someone wants to participate in competitions of a private nature, they will not take part in our championship."

Inter, who are set to win their first Scudetto since 2010, have formally withdrawn from the ESL. However, Milan, who have now shockingly slid down to fifth after losing two on the bounce, and thus are in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League haven't totally thrown in the towel on the project. Neither have reigning champions Juventus, who like the Diavolo, could also miss out on Champions League football after enduring a frustrating campaign this season.

 

 


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