Sunday May 19 2019
Milan to accept year out of Europe?

There are reports Milan will seek a deal with UEFA, accepting a year out of European football over FFP violations rather than play the Europa League.

The Rossoneri were originally excluded from the 2018-19 season, but won a last-minute appeal to enter the Europa League, only to crash out in the group stage.

The most recent sentence was a €12m fine, limited 21-man squad list for European competition and the exclusion from UEFA tournaments for one year if the finances aren’t balanced by 2021 - something the club feels is simply not feasible.

They have so far held off on appealing this decision at the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and there may well be a plan behind that.

With Manchester City also now facing action and UEFA eager to prove the rules are not different for the bigger clubs, Milan could have an alternative approach.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, if the Rossoneri do not qualify for the Champions League with a top four finish in Serie A this season, they could accept a one-year ban by cutting a deal with UEFA.

That would mean skipping the Europa League, which they have very little interest in anyway, getting the ban out of the way and focusing all their energy on qualifying for the Champions League next season.

In turn, it'd give them more time to balance the books without resorting to massive player sales.

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