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FIGC approves anti-Super League clause to ban breakaway clubs from Serie A

FC Internazionale v Udinese Calcio - Serie A TIM Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/Getty Images

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has approved a new rule that will prevent any clubs from participating in the Super League or any other privately organised competition that is not part of UEFA, FIFA or the FIGC itself.

The rule, which was adopted this week, states that any club that joins a breakaway league will be automatically excluded from the Serie A 2024/2025 season and any other domestic competitions organised by the FIGC.

The FIGC’s decision comes after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on the Super League case, stating UEFA can’t punish teams for organizing their own competitions.

The Super League CEO, Bernd Reichart, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona — who are still part of the Super League that was proposed back in 2021 — celebrated the ruling as it meant UEFA no longer, theoretically at least, have a monopoly on organizing competitions in Europe.

Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano reported the news this morning.

“Italian Federation FIGC decided to approve clause to prohibit access to the Super League to Italian clubs,” Romano said on his social media. “FIGC will not allow to join any competition other than Uefa, Fifa and FIGC ones.

If any club joins Super League, it will be excluded from Serie A 2024/2025.”

The Super League project, which was backed by Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy, as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain and Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur from England, was met with widespread opposition and criticism from the football authorities, the governments, the fans and the players.

The project collapsed within 48 hours after nine of the 12 clubs withdrew from the initiative, following the pressure and the backlash from the public opinion and the threat of sanctions from UEFA and FIFA.

However, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona had not given up on the idea of the Super League and continued to challenge UEFA’s legal authority and to defend their right to create their own competition. Eventually, Juventus backed out — leaving just Spain’s Big Two.

The FIGC’s new rule, which will come into effect from the next season, will make it impossible for any Italian club to join the Super League or any similar venture, unless they are willing to renounce their participation in the Serie A and the other domestic tournaments.

The FIGC hopes that this rule will deter any potential rebels.

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