AC Milan has been barred from taking part in the 2019/2020 Europa League. AC Milan will undergo a ban lasting one year which Court of Arbitration of Sport issued. The Italian football club faces this ban because of a violation of UEFA financial fair play rules.
This ban came as a part of an agreement AC Milan and UEFA came to. Namely, the club had gotten into trouble for overspending. As a result, the two parties decided that AC Milan shall not participate in the next season of Europa League, while it gets a hold over its excessive spending.
This incident isn’t the first time this club has been in violation of the rules of fair play. Just the previous summer, it was supposed to face a ban that was to last two years. On that occasion, the club got into a pickle because it failed to break even for the signing of new players. However, AC Milan filed an appeal and managed to avoid getting banned on this occasion.
This time around, the club must resolve the problem by 2021, according to the verdict they reached in December 2018. Should they fail to do so, they risk getting banned from all Europe-based competitions in the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 seasons.
Since there is now an opening, Torino, which ended up taking the seventh place in Serie A, will replace Milan in Europa League. Torino will represent the country of Italy in the league along with Roma. However, Roma has the qualifications for the group stages. Torino, conversely, will have to go through the qualifying rounds.