Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates are already struggling to make Champions League qualification, but now the league has threatened to banish them if the Italian giants don't leave the Super League.
AC Milan handed Juventus a crushing blow to their Champions League qualification on the weekend after a 3-0 defeat leaving Bianconeri in fifth place.
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However, before their defeat, Juve, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, stepped up criticism of UEFA on Saturday, denouncing "threats" for their refusal to back down on the prospect of a breakaway competition.
The other nine clubs who formed the ill-fated Super League three weeks ago accepted a settlement on Friday to be fined by UEFA and stay within the open Champions League structure.
But in light of their resistance, the head of the Italian Football Federation warned the Italian giants would be out of the Serie A next year if they did not take action.
“If Juventus does not respect the rules they will be out,” Gabriele Gravina told a news conference on Monday.
“At the time of registration for the next Serie A championship the club will be excluded if they decide not to withdraw from the Super League.”
The Super League argued it would increase revenue for the top clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.
UEFA, other teams and fan organisations, however, said the league would only boost the power and wealth of elite clubs, with European football's governing body insisting on Friday that the three clubs will face sanctions.
Ronaldo rumours persist
The move would surely end Ronaldo's stay in Juventus.
Ronaldo played his first Champions League match in 2003 in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, which was the club that catapulted him into superstardom.
Rumours have been swirling the 36-year-old, who is coming to the end of his career, was looking for an out if Juventus fail to qualify for the Champions League despite remaining on contract.
But a ban from the Serie A would be detrimental for the club and the former Real Madrid star would surely be keen to finish at a club competing for title.
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