AC Milan are out of next season’s edition of the Europa League over FFP, according to reports.
According to a statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (via Football-Italia), UEFA and Milan have reached the conclusion that the Italian club will have to withdraw from this season’s edition of the Europa League over Financial Fair Play.
Milan breached the FFP’s break-even obligations for the 2014-2017 period, as well as the 2015-2018 period. As a result, they’re out of UEFA competition for a season as they work to get their finances back on track.
Football-Italia claim AS Roma are now likely to take Milan’s place in the Europa League group stage, with Torino entering the competition at the qualification stage, although none of that is confirmed just yet.
The upside for Milan is that this punishment will cover both of their breaches, and they have time to sort themselves out and avoid harsher punishment. The players and fans are sure to be disappointed to miss out on a season of European competition though.
From an Arsenal point of view, that’s one fewer of the top clubs to worry about. Although the Gunners did brush aside Milan in the 2017/18 season, they’d still be a worry if they got their act together.