The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has approved a clause effectively slamming the door on the European Super League (ESL) for its affiliated clubs.
The new FIGC ruling prohibits Italian clubs from participating in any competitions outside those sanctioned by UEFA, FIFA and the FIGC.
This ruling effectively shuts down any potential future involvement in the controversial ESL project championed by clubs like Juventus, who were among the founding members.
The consequences for defiance are dire, as any club participating in the ESL will face immediate exclusion from Serie A for the 2024/2025 season.
While this ruling can technically be challenged in court, the financial realities of Italian clubs paint a different picture.
Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan are struggling financially, making the risk of expulsion from their primary domestic competition a gamble most are unlikely to take.
A statement on FGC’s website read: “Following the ruling of the European Court of Justice on the Super League case, the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (Italian Football Federation), fully recognising itself as a member of the superordinate bodies of UEFA and FIFA, reiterates its intention to protect the national leagues, for the defence of the broader and more general principle of sporting merit and the respect of international schedules.
“For these reasons, in compliance with national laws and international regulations, the FIGC believes that the Super League is not a project that is compatible with these conditions and will always act in the best interests of Italian football.”
The ECJ ruling, while seemingly granting leeway for breakaway leagues, remains open to interpretation.
The FIGC’s proactive stance demonstrates its resolve to maintain control over its affiliated clubs and navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding the ESL.
This move could potentially influence other national federations facing similar scenarios.
While the ESL’s immediate resurrection in Italy looks increasingly unlikely, the legal saga surrounding its future is far from over.
However, the FIGC’s decisive action sends a clear message to Italian clubs that the path to footballing glory lies within the established structures, not in breakaway leagues whose fate hangs in the balance of courtroom battles.
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