Wednesday May 30 2018
Milan fans prepare for the worst

After UEFA refused a settlement agreement, Milan’s possible punishment casts a cloud over their summer plans and future, writes Matthew Santangelo.

The Investigatory Chamber of UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) elected to refer the Rossoneri to the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB for breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations, specifically with the break-even requirement; this after coming to a conclusion that the club held uncertainties with regards to refinancing of the Elliott Management loan to be paid this upcoming October.

Translation: Milan could be in some trouble.

While we await a final ruling next month that could ultimately decide whether or not the Italian outfit can carry out their initial summer transfer strategy, among other things, many fans are now on edge about what the future holds for their beloved red and black moving forward.

CEO Marco Fassone admitted he was “surprised” and “very disappointed” by UEFA’s ruling to reject their Settlement Agreement, which could have major repercussions. But the fact is there were plenty of fans, football outsiders observing from a neutral point of view included, and Roma owner James Pallotta who saw the writing on the wall from the beginning while last summer’s spending spree transpired.

It’s not as if the warning signs weren’t there. We’ve reached a point where sticking our heads in the sand and pretending everything is fine just isn’t going to work anymore.

As things stand, it’s likely Fassone, sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli and Coach Gennaro Gattuso will be forced to put their transfer plans on hold for the time being and will be frozen out from making any real moves as they await the verdict. But the bigger, more important question that has been posed is: what does the future hold for Milan?

Beyond a possible exclusion from the 2018-19 Europa League, transfer ban for this summer or a fine is determining the state of the club under the current Chinese consortium headed by Li Yonghong. Many believe Li does not hold the financial strength needed to sustain a project into the future, nor does he have the money to keep this club financially healthy and stable. At this point, most fans would agree that perhaps new ownership would be in the best interests of the club’s future.

It is presumed that Milan will face some sort of sanction, to which extent is yet to be determined. Supporters aren’t quite sure what punishment Milan will face, or what effect the impending ruling will have on the make-up of the current roster, which many believe isn’t all that far off from competing for Champions League football with legitimate hopes.

However, you wonder if the club will see some of its top players like Gianluigi Donnarumma or Suso head for higher ground in the event the ruling is severe, or even more serious, have to go through the process of once again transferring ownership altogether. In any case, the hope in the Milan camp is the sentence will be minimal and won’t be detrimental to the club’s objectives for year two of this project.

While there is still the possibility that Milan will escape relatively unscathed with a slap on the wrist, fans must be wary of a worst case scenario that would hinder their growth in the grander scheme of things as both a brand and football club.

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Have your say...
Thank you Berlusconi, this shows how much your words are worth "I want Milan in safe hands"
on the 5th June, 2018 at 4:43pm
Milan is really in very bad state, And the directors takes major blames.Poor tranfer policy & How can you expect someone like Gatusso give you success? milan should have probable go for sarri at any cost this summer or Prandelli at worst. they need good italian coach.
They should sell, Silva,Rodrigous&sosu. kalinic & Borini should bee sacked.
Milan need a left back, a quality winger,attacking midfield,central midfield & Striker.
they need
Emerson,Di maria,Pastore,Modric/Rabiot/Kovacic &Falcao
on the 4th June, 2018 at 6:45pm
MADE IN CHINA, what do you expect?
on the 3rd June, 2018 at 2:43pm
When I 1st got into Italian football Milan were the strongest side in the world let alone Italy! It's strange that seeing em in such a mess! I really hope they can sort it as Sarie A would beewfit from a competitive Milan side. Can't they buy San Siro or can't they agree a plan wi Inter to develop it as San Siro is still one of the best n most unique stadiums in terms of architecture! Even if they have to do something wi that recehorse track n move tgat stand to other side or something
on the 2nd June, 2018 at 9:50am
It's ok, Li is washing some money right now and will meet his deadline...
on the 2nd June, 2018 at 1:20am
Blah blah maldini all we just read there is that you are sad that milan has 0 star players and other teams in serie a do. Lolol the only league you will be winning 3 yrs from now is serie b buddy lol. You are going to be banned hahaha and your mediocre players are going to leave for crappier ones lolol. We dont need a story just because you are upset lol. When your team wins 1 trophy in 12 yrs your mind may start to play tricks on you lol.
on the 1st June, 2018 at 2:40pm
are imposed on Milan nothing will stop them hiring a new manager. So if we don't think we'll ever win a Scudetto with Gattuso (because he couldn't beat Benevento with his current side) then why don't we hire a manager who might? (I could be completely wrong and Gattuso is the new Alex Ferguson (who won the title with Tom Cleverly) but that is an unknown. Conte is not.)
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:49am
of Silva? If Silva rediscovers his form elsewhere and shows what he's capable of will we need to question a manager who failed to channel this resource when he had him? The manager makes all of the difference. Chelsea went from 1st to 10th to 1st to 5th in 4 seasons with 3 different managers. What's their level? Who knows. There is a manager who we know can win a league: Conte. He won the league with a pretty average Juve side (with the mighty Quagliarella and Matri upfront). Whatever sanctions
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:47am
Will Milan win the Scudetto with Gattuso?

That is the only question I'm interested in. If we don't think Milan will win the Scudetto with Gattuso then we need a manager who will win the Scudetto. I'm not talking about winning the Scudetto next season or even the season after. I'm talking eventually. Do we trust a manager who failed to beat Benevento? What happens if we have to beat another Benevento on the last day to win the title? Do we trust a manager who failed to get goals out of the like
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:40am
@ Sheva Completely agree. The only player that Milan should be signing is a pacey left winger. The rest just needs to be left alone for 5 mins so that they actually build some cohesion. Cutrone has already had to win a battle with Kalinic and Silva and now they're trying to sign another striker to block his progress. Just let him play. Start him in every single game and just let him build up form and confidence. He has the ability.
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:31am
improve with experience? Does your company change 50% of its staff each year on the off chance that it will double its profitability? Why is a football team any different? I know people think that football is just about the transfer market but there are other things involved, particularly when the team that won the league is hardly filled with super stars.
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:28am
@ Anonymous Why would Milan not be competitive next season? The only teams we didn't beat this season were Juve, Napoli, Inter, Atalanta, Torino and the mighty Benevento. We were unlucky against both Juve and Inter and of course we dropped 5 points against the mighty Benevento. So why wouldn't we be competitive? If Milan beat all of the teams that are worse than them (and we finished 6th so that's a lot of teams) then why wouldn't we be competitive? Is it possible that coaches and players can
on the 1st June, 2018 at 12:23am
@Giancarlo C usually when a club wants to use a player in a swap they accept the new club as they dont want to stay at a club theyre not wanted, although yes he could reject. What am I going to do, sit at home and be depressed all day that Milan are not in the best situation right now, of course I may aswell be optimistic, I guess this must just say something about our general personas. Its not like we're going to pull a parma.
on the 31st May, 2018 at 8:24pm
@Dami Do you know the rules? Of course Higuain can completely reject such proposal as club can't force their players to accept swap deals. Higuain left Napoli to Juventus for trophies, remember? Why would he join Milan when their players are thinking to leave. Even "Milan legend" Ancelotti prefers Napoli. Only "intelligent ones" still feel optimistic that Milan have good future in the hand of LOAN SHARK who has no interest in Italian football at all. Seriously, you need to wake up.
on the 31st May, 2018 at 5:20pm
Lol thats what i am talking about when i said milan fans are in denial. Bonucci hahahah excellent hahaha at what buddy ? You are not in europe and you are getting banned lolol. Then again i did think legrotaglie was a good defender hahahah sad thing is eben be is better at defending than flopnucci hahhahahahaha
on the 31st May, 2018 at 5:20pm
@Maldini's Heir

You wont be competitive in the league next season mate. And you hope you won't have to sell you best players, well you won't, they will want to leave themselves. And all of you have Berlusconi to blame for all of this. He let Milan rot for years and in the end sold it to liars and criminals. Can't believe some of you want him back as owner ...
on the 31st May, 2018 at 2:30pm
@Giancarlo C's mom if Juve want to use Higuain in a deal with us for jack then what choice does he have than to join us, Depay is a realistic target if we dont get a transfer ban and we can afford 40m. Bonucci has been excellent for us but I know thats hard for you juventinos to accept as he did choose to join 'a problematic club' rather than stay with europes perennial bridesmaids. Everyone said we had no money last summer then we spent, if Li has no money then we have elliot as our backers.
on the 31st May, 2018 at 12:26pm
hahahahaha poor "Meelan" bless them

I feel sorry for AC Milan fans watching their team go down the tubes, already behind the likes of Atalanta and Fiorentina who I see as more competitive

AC are going to get relegated within the next 5 years, Only opponents to juve in years to come realistically will be Roma and Napoli

Dolla'Rumma will be sold for scraps to EPL, Clownucci is looking for a new club already LOL absolutely loving the comedy value of the collapse of AC - I feel sorry for Gattuso
on the 31st May, 2018 at 12:01pm
Dont worry i have been there myself. I used to think juve had a good team with melo and diego and that lot,wont even mention the directors. the first stage is acceptance lol. Accept the fact that your players and staff are all crap and scrap it all then start over.
on the 31st May, 2018 at 11:40am
Right now milan fans are in a serious state of denial lol it must còme as quite a shock when you thought you were going to be a great team again by spending 200 mil on garbage only to realize some of the garbage from last yr wants to leave already and your going to be put on a transfer ban. I dont think any smart or good players will be coming to ac milan anytime soon. Zaza is coming to save you lol
on the 31st May, 2018 at 11:32am
AC Meani + OTTUSO spells out another poor season.
on the 31st May, 2018 at 2:37am
@Dami is a perfect example of "the intelligent ones" who thought world class player like Higuain will come to this sinking ship (a problematic club who doesn't have money and doesn't compete in CL).

Not to mention, Clownucci has been a great model of "why you should not leave Juventus" for mature players like Higuain.

Right now, Bonaventura with his agent are forcing Milan to sell him to Juve in order to be one of the Juventus BENCH WARMERS. Ask Mattia De Sciglio! Hahahaha...
on the 30th May, 2018 at 11:46pm
first Bee Taechaubol than Li if you can't have a billion than you take 750 million. So overvalued milan was never going to get creditable owners. Stuff uefa they are either getting lent on or see milan as a scapegoat to pin ffp fines on to warn the rest of football. The ownership situation is much more critical anyway, li is going i thought he might has lasted until october but it looks like he will be gone in the next couple of weeks than milan will be sold to the highest bidder.
on the 30th May, 2018 at 11:20pm
suso have been a milan best player for sometimes but milan need a true leader to change game. which i dont think suso can,, calha has alway been a boaster to the team and u can see he gives his best...we need to add dept to our game.. we just play like local school boys sometimes and we are very bad in counters ..depay tothe team ...good mix and kucka back,but honestly the this squad has a bad fighting spirit to the last year squad...
on the 30th May, 2018 at 11:08pm
@AC Milan fan im sorry you lost me when you suggested Kessie at rw and said he can shoot, his shooting is terrible and that lineup you listed is shocking, pace is what we currently lack and that lineup has even less pace, if we sign depay then im all for 20m + jack for higuain if possible, for 60 - 70m total that fixes our only 2 issues, fellaini and strinic fill most of the depth issues we had
on the 30th May, 2018 at 10:29pm
@Luca & others: Agreed on Gigio, not needed. Let Reina start for a season and Plizz study him. Shocking idea: SELL SUSO. I could mark him. Cut in slowly on the left foot, got it. We need a new LB, defensive CM, and an RW. I think 4-2-3-1 L to R: Reina; New LB-Romagnoli-Bonucci-Conti/Cala; Biglia/Loca-New CM(or Kessie); Jack-Calha-KESSIE(or new RW); Cutrone/Kalinic. Sell Suso, Gigio & Silva for 100-120mm. Kessie often ends up on the right wing anyway. He can shoot, dribble, cross, play defense...
on the 30th May, 2018 at 7:09pm
@spanish control uefa: Berlusconi sold the club to the highest bidder. He's a savvy businessman if anything, and at 750mm euro the club was obviously overvalued. Along came Li who didn't have the money to pay for an overvalued club and enter Elliott. The seller cares not for how the buyer finances the money which is due in total upfront. Totally agree on the stadium issue. @gigi and sheva: Milan needs a big physical midfielder, hence Fellaini or even rumors of Yaya Toure.
on the 30th May, 2018 at 6:55pm
Are Milan sticking with 433?If that's the case,what's the plan for Calhanoglu?Will he play in midfield if we sign someone like Depay? If yes,will Jack be on the bench? Or will Milan change to a system without wingers? Selling Borini and Suso,signing Belotti and playing a 4-3-1-2 or a 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree? I hope they don't get caught in two minds like last season,building a thin squad for a 4-3-3 forcing them to play the ridiculous back 3.
on the 30th May, 2018 at 5:15pm
Milan's problem isn't money and isn't UEFA's punishment.The problem has always been management.They have to be smart.1st,get rid of dead weight players(we have at least 6) instead of selling starters.This can raise around 30mil in transfer fees & salaries off the payroll.2nd,with Reina,Gabriel,Plizzari in the squad,you can afford to sell Donnarumma if a 50-70mil offer arrives.3rd,if A.Silva performs at the WC,keep him.4th,sign 2 TOP players,not Zaza & Fellaini.
on the 30th May, 2018 at 5:03pm
when belusconi sold the club, he should have sold it to someone who had a serious plan in place to build a new stadium. it is very hard to compete at the highest levels without a new stadium that is a day to day money earner. palotta called out the new milan ownership last year and fassone nearly took his head off. Milan is a mess. I think they going have to sell bonucci and donnurumma to balance the books. the only way they can return to top levels is to recruit young talent well. find a dybala
on the 30th May, 2018 at 3:13pm

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