AC Milan have been kicked out of next season's Europa League

Ross Houston
June 28, 2019

A statement from CAS reads: "AC Milan is excluded from participating in the UEFA Club Competitions of the sporting season 2019/2020 as a effect of the breach of its FFP break-even obligations during the 2015/2016/2017 and the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring periods".

The club, which finished fifth in Italy's Serie A, will miss next season's Europa League.

"One must not comment on a sentence", Scaroni told Sky Sport Italia.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued a Consent Award embodying the agreement reached between AC Milan S.p.A and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) concerning breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations by the Italian club".

Now, the club, Uefa and CAS have agreed on a one-year withdrawal.

Some will say this agreement is evidence UEFA is not prepared to fight, while others will see it as a good compromise that does not mean the governing body will simply lie down when threatened with lengthy legal action.

The announcement follows the club's adoption of spending curbs in recent months created to return its finances to a better state and which saw the departure of coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Milan were given a one-season suspension from European football in June past year after UEFA ruled that the club had not complied with FFP rules for the previous monitoring period.

Although Milan is a seven-time European champion, its finances have taken a hit during a six-year failure to qualify for the Champions League.

In it, it said: 'AC Milan is excluded from participating in the UEFA Club Competitions of the sporting season 2019-20 as a outcome of the breach of FFP break-even obligations during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and the 2016-17, 20-17-18 monitoring periods'.

With Milan being ruled out of the Europa League for 2019-20, Italian football has one place to fill. "Today's ruling will act as a stimulus to maximize the efforts to become fully compliant with FFP, while at the same time consolidating the competitiveness of the Club, and returning AC Milan to sustainability and a more positive future".

The club, which will be coached next season by former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, won their seventh Champions League title in 2007 and their 18th Serie A crown in 2011.

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