AC Milan European ban: CAS overturn UEFA decision on FFP, Man City involved

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 AC Milan had been banned from European action for the next two seasons for supposedly failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. They spent £150m on transfers last season but finished sixth in Serie A. UEFA had banned the club for supposed breaches in regulations. But Milan appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the decision. And CAS have confirmed the annulment of the ban after Milan threatened to ask for evidence from previous FFP decisions that had gone in the favour of other clubs. According to La Repubblica, Milan claimed the fact Manchester City and PSG both had FFP sanctions reduced meant there was a precedent set. They were to request the see the financial papers filed by both clubs. CAS have sent the decision back to UEFA, saying that while Milan did not meet the FFP requirements, the club should be handed ‘a proportionate disciplinary measure’. The statement reads: The CAS Panel in charge of the arbitration has partially upheld AC Milan’s appeal and has ruled as follows: – the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA CFCB rendered on 19 June 2018 establishing that AC Milan has failed to fulfil the break-even requirement is confirmed; – the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA CFCB rendered on 19 June 2018 to exclude AC Milan from participating in the next UEFA Club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two (2) seasons (i.e. the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons) is annulled; – the case is referred back to the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA CFCB to issue a proportionate disciplinary measure City and PSG fell foul of UEFA’s regulations in 2014. City they were initially fined £49m, handed transfer restrictions and a reduced squad for the Champions League, for supposed FFP breaches. But the club complied with UEFA’s demands and their fine was reduced to £15.6m. PSG likewise fulfilled their requirements. But neither side was ever threatened with expulsion from European competition. Fast forward three years and UEFA confirmed last summer that there was no action to be taken on PSG despite the club paying £200m up front to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Barca had believed no club could trigger Neymar’s release clause without breaching FFP rules. PSG also agreed to land Kylian Mbappe from Monaco last summer but that deal – thought to be worth around £164m – was only made permeant this summer to offset the transfer fee onto another financial year. Milan will now enter the group stage of the 2018/19 Europa League, unless UEFA rule to ban them for just one season instead of two. The club have not won a European trophy since 2007, when they beat Liverpool in the Champions League final to clinch the title for a seventh time.


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