Mi­lan risk Europe ban over FFP

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For­mer Euro­pean champions Mi­lan will be banned from Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion for a sea­son if they do not break even by June 2021 af­ter fall­ing foul of UEFA’s Fi­nan­cial Fair­play (FFP) rules.

The de­ci­sion from Europe’s gov­ern­ing body was taken af­ter Mi­lan suc­cess­fully ap­pealed against a two-year ban im­posed last sum­mer. The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) par­tially up­held that ap­peal and asked for a “pro­por­tion­ate dis­ci­plinary mea­sure” to be im­posed on Mi­lan.

The Ital­ian club now has two-and-a-half years to balance its books or face miss­ing Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion in ei­ther 2022-23 or 2023-24, should the team qual­ify.

UEFA con­firmed that Mi­lan can ap­peal again to CAS against the new rul­ing.

The UEFA de­ci­sion was an­other set­back for the seven-time champions of Europe, who crashed out of this sea­son’s Europa League af­ter los­ing 3-1 to Olympiakos.

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