Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Milan have their Europa League ban wish granted by UEFA

Milan have their Europa League ban wish granted by UEFA

AC Milan confirmed on Friday that they have accepted a voluntary ban from European football for next season over breaches of financial fair play rules.

"AC Milan is excluded from UEFA club competitions of the sporting season 2019-2020", said a statement on the CAS website.

The CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber then issued a decision excluding AC Milan if they are not break even compliant by 30 June 2021.

Scaroni has now spoken out about the news, admitting it is "disappointing" to be without European football but that it is the correct price to pay in order to get things stable in house once again.

AC Milan will give their vacant Europa League spot to AS Roma, who directly qualify for the group stages.

In a post on their official website, the club admitted that they tried to adhere to regulations, but ultimately they have been forced to accept UEFA's decision to ban them.

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In April, Milan were reported by UEFA investigators over an alleged new breach of the break-even rule in its most recent monitoring period and the case was passed to its financial adjudicators.

The Rossoneri's place in the next edition of the Europa League will be filled by Torino, who finished seventh in last season's Serie A and will now join Roma as the Italian representation in the competition. "The current shareholder took ownership of the Club in July 2018, inheriting substantial accumulated losses after the previous owner of AC Milan defaulted on debt obligations".

"Whilst saddened by the fact that our fans will not be able to see their team compete in European competition next season, the club recognises and respects FFP".

Under UEFA's rules, clubs are not allowed to make losses of more than 30million euros (£27m) over three seasons, a cap UEFA believed Milan breached between 2015 and 2017 when they spent £200m on transfers, with more spending in 2018, as well.

Milan had already overturned one European ban past year.

Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season, only one point behind city rivals Inter in the last Champions League qualification place.

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