AC Milan have been banned from the 2019-20 Europa League for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, sport’s highest court CAS said on Friday.
“CAS has issued a consent award embodying the agreement reached between AC Milan and UEFA concerning breaches of the FFP regulations by the Italian club,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement.
“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 exclusion of Milan means that AS Roma will automatically be in the Europa League Group Stage while Torino will now enter the qualifying playoff.
AC Milan’s official club statement called it a “voluntary acceptance of a one year exclusion from UEFA Club competitions.”