European Super League faces further setback as FIGC bans Italian club participation

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European Super League faces further setback as FIGC bans Italian club participation

Ayoola Kelechi 15:43 - 29.12.2023

Serie A clubs can say goodbye to any prospects of joining the breakaway European Super League according to a decision made by Italy's football governing body FIGC

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has recently taken a significant step to deter its clubs from participating in the controversial European Super League (ESL).

FIGC's Stance Against the Super League

According to Fabrizio Romano, the FIGC has approved a clause that effectively closes the door for its affiliated clubs to join the European Super League. This clause is a clear response to the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) ruling against UEFA and FIFA's sanctions on breakaway leagues like the ESL, which were declared unlawful. Despite this ruling, the FIGC has chosen to take a firm stand against the involvement of its clubs in such leagues.

This development is pivotal for the landscape of European football, particularly in the context of the ongoing legal and administrative wrangles surrounding the ESL.

Implications of FIGC ruling for Italian clubs and European Super League

The new ruling by the FIGC prohibits Italian clubs from participating in any competitions not sanctioned by UEFA, FIFA, and the FIGC itself. This decision impacts prominent Italian clubs, including Juventus, who were among the founding members of the ESL and Napoli who have expressed support for the idea. 

Should any club choose to participate in the ESL, it faces immediate exclusion from Serie A for the 2024/2025 season. 

This ruling is particularly noteworthy given the financial challenges faced by major clubs like Juventus and Inter Milan, making the risk of expulsion from their primary domestic competition a significant deterrent.

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While the FIGC's ruling could technically be challenged in court, the financial realities of Italian football mean that this is unlikely to happen. The potential for exclusion from Serie A poses a serious financial risk for the clubs, making their participation in breakaway leagues like the ESL less likely.

Broader Impact and Future Prospects

The FIGC's proactive approach in this matter demonstrates its resolve to maintain control over its affiliated clubs and navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding the ESL. This move could influence other national federations facing similar challenges.

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While the future of the ESL remains uncertain, the FIGC's action sends a clear message that the path to footballing success lies within the established structures of UEFA and FIFA, rather than in breakaway leagues.

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