AC Milan have been excluded from the 2019/20 Europa League for a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled.
The Serie A club have been banned from participating in any of UEFA’s European club competitions next season for failing to comply to UEFA spending regulations in the period between 2015 and 2018.
A statement from CAS said: “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”.
UEFA initially gave AC Milan a two-year FFP ban last summer, but the club successfully appealed against that sanction at CAS, only for the seven-time European champions to be referred to UEFA’s financial watchdog again in April.
AC Milan ended in fifth last season. Now, AS Roma will go straight into group stage of the Europa League while Torino will play the last Europa League qualifying round.