Milan President Paolo Scaroni admits they had to “put an end to this saga and take this burden off our backs” after accepting Europa League exclusion.
The club had succeeded in winning an appeal to at least delay their exclusion from the Europa League last summer for Financial Fair Play infractions, but the situation was even worse this time around.
New owners Elliott Management, who took over after Yonghong Li’s disastrous tenure and the increasingly unstable end to the Silvio Berlusconi era, decided it was best to accept the exclusion and buy more time to balance the books.
“One must not comment on a sentence,” Scaroni told Sky Sport Italia.
“It is very disappointing not to play in Europe, but we are not the ones responsible for these infractions. We simply had to put an end to this saga and take this burden off our backs.”
This punishment has effectively removed the two different FFP cases against Milan for irregularities in the 2015-16-17 and 2016-17-18 periods.
If they had appealed again, it’s possible Milan would’ve won, but with the proviso they’d be excluded once more if they didn’t meet break even requirements by June 30, 2021.