Wednesday 19 June 2019

Milan face European ban over financial rules breach

Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci was one of a number of players caught up in allegations that AC Milan broke rules monitoring spending on transfers and wages from 2014 to 2017
Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci was one of a number of players caught up in allegations that AC Milan broke rules monitoring spending on transfers and wages from 2014 to 2017

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AC Milan have been hit by one of the biggest fines ever imposed by Uefa for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and face a one-season ban from European football if they fail to break even within the next three years.

European football’s governing body also announced that the Rossoneri will have €12m of its Uefa revenues from this season’s Europa League withheld, and will be allowed to register a maximum of 21 – instead of 25 – players for Uefa competitions in the next two seasons.

The ruling,  which can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),  comes a day after Gennaro Gattuso’s side were knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage phase, following a 3-1 defeat against Olympiakos.

The seven-time European champions were originally banned from this season’s Europa League after breaking rules monitoring spending on transfers and wages from 2014 to 2017, on players such as centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu and striker Andre Silva. But that ruling was overturned by the Cas after an appeal, and the case was sent back to UEFA

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