AC Milan Banned From Europa League Next Season Due To FFP Breaches

AC Milan have agreed to serve a one year ban from playing European football over breaches of Financial Fair Play rules, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced.

The Rossoneris who finished fifth in the Serie A last term will be playing no part in any continental competition during the upcoming campaign.

The finished the League one point behind eternal rivals Inter Milan to deny them a spot in next season’s Champions league competition.

The Italian giants were due to participate in Europe’s secondary club tournament, the Europa League but have been forced to withdraw after failing to meet FFP regulations.

“AC Milan is excluded from participating in the UEFA Club Competitions of the sporting season 2019/2020 as a consequence of the breach of its FFP break-even obligations during the 2015/2016/2017 and the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring periods.

“The Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body is invited to issue a Procedural Order, acknowledging the outcome of the present arbitration(s) and terminating the AC-01/2019 proceedings relating to the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring period, which have become moot.”, a statement from CAS read.

The Rossoneris had faced similar sanctions coming into the 2018-19 campaign, with UEFA having brought charges against them meant to block their participation in the Europa League next season.

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However after an appeal by CAS, the ruling was overturned but Milan have been unable to repeat that success one year after.

Milan were knocked out of the group stages last season after being allowed to compete.

There have been a lot of changes at the San Siro since then with Gennaro Gattuso making way for Marco Giampolo but the new manager will now be without a chance to compete in Europe in his debut campaign.

With AC Milan being ruled out of the Europa League competition for 2019/20, Italian football has one place to fill with Torino seemingly now replacing Milan.

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