AC Milan pulls out of next season’s Europa League in a deal reached with UEFA for violating Financial Fair Play rules.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced the agreement on Friday. CAS had ruled previously that AC Milan was in breach of FFP rules over the previous three years for overspending on new players.
“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 CAS statement read.
In return for accepting a one-year ban, UEFA will end its proceedings against the Italian club.
AC Milan had originally been banned for two years by UEFA for overspending during the 2015-2017 period but successfully appealed last summer and was able to compete in last season’s Europa League.
In a statement on Friday, AC Milan said “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. These losses and the associated violation of FFP rules, as a consequence of actions taken under previous ownership, led to sanctions by UEFA. Whilst saddened by the fact that our fans will not be able to see their team compete in European competition next season, the Club recognizes and respects FFP. The Club acknowledges it has no other choice but to accept the sanctions, as it seeks to forge a pathway back to full compliance.”
AC Milan’s ban means AS Roma, which finished one place below fifth-placed Milan in Serie A last season, will replace them in the Europa League group stage. Torino, which finished seventh and out of Europe, will now take Roma’s place in the qualifying rounds of the competition.
Photo: AC Milan’s 3-1 loss to Olympiakos knocked the Italians out of last season’s Europa League at the group stage (Getty Images)