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AC Milan banned from Europa League over FFP breaches

Italian Serie A football club AC Milan has been banned from competing in the Uefa Europa League next season after breaching Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport today (Friday) issued a consent award ratifying AC Milan’s voluntary acceptance of a one-year exclusion from Uefa competitions in settlement of breaches of the Uefa Club Licensing and FFP regulations for the three-year periods from 2014-2017 and 2015-2018.

AC Milan qualified for next season’s Europa League group stages after finishing the 2018-19 Serie A campaign in fifth place. Following today’s decision, AS Roma, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, will enter at the group stage of the Europa League in 2019-20, while seventh-placed Torino will enter in the qualifying rounds.

In April, it emerged that AC Milan was facing further sanctions from Uefa after failing to comply with the break-even requirement during the monitoring period assessed during the 2018-19 season. The Uefa Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) investigatory chamber subsequently signalled its intention to refer the club to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber.

Uefa said at the time that the referral was separate to the decision that was made by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber in December, which concerned the previous monitoring period and was covering the reporting periods ending in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The club had initially been banned from competing in last season’s Europa League but was eventually reinstated by the CAS, which asked Uefa’s club finance panel to hand down an alternative punishment.