Serie A Juventus faces expulsion from the Italian first league if it does not withdraw from the European Super League, said Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina.
The Bianconeri were one of 12 teams that joined forces to form a separatist league before all six English teams – Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Arsenal – withdrew two days after pressure from fans.
Inter Milan and Atlético de Madrid followed suit before AC Milan accepted that it was no longer an option, but Juve, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, have yet to withdraw from the league.
ESPN reports that the trio faces UEFA sanctions if they do not turn their back on the ESL, with the maximum penalty of two years of suspension from European competition.
“The rules are clear,” Gravina told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli on Monday. “If at the beginning of the registration for next season Juve continues to be part of the Super League, they will not be allowed to participate in Serie A.
“It would be a shame for all the fans, but there are rules and they are the same for everyone.”
On Saturday, Juve, Madrid, and Barcelona issued a statement criticizing UEFA’s threats over its decision to create the separatist ESL.
The nine clubs that withdrew have received financial sanctions from UEFA and have agreed to make a combined goodwill contribution of € 15 million to benefit grassroots and youth football across Europe.
Juve faces a serious battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League, as a 3-0 home loss to Milan left them in fifth place and three points behind the top four with three games to go.