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Tuesday November 12 2019
The worst €200m ever spent

Just two signings from Milan's summer transfer splurge of 2017 started against Juventus. For Emmet Gates, it perfectly encapsulated the sheer recklessness of the Yonghong Li era...

Take a look at Milan’s starting XI in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Sunday, what do you notice? If you don’t have the time, or patience, to figure it out, it’s this: Hakan Calhanoglu and Andrea Conti were the only starters that were bought from Yonghong Li’s hedonistic summer spending spree of 2017. The sole survivors.

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Sunday November 10 2019
Accepting Milan as they are now

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at Milan’s plight and argues these are the times when true fans show their love for the club.

Mediolanum, that was a football kit, red and black, worn by Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard. So many names are in this chapter, San Siro was iconic already, but was even more so after this. George Weah, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, even writing these few sentences brings a smile, Il Grande Milan.

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Saturday October 26 2019
Maldini: 'Milan wrong to talk targets'

Paolo Maldini accepts Milan “made a mistake by talking about objectives. We were banned from Europe" because they inherited a club €126m in the red.

The technical director has been giving interviews with Sky Sport Italia, released throughout the weekend, shining a light on the situation at San Siro.

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Friday October 11 2019
Stop waiting for someone to save Milan

Fans have turned on Milan management again after Stefano Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo, as Vijay Rahaman urges supporters to stop seeking a saviour.

Marco Giampaolo was dismissed from his post at the Rossoneri after just 111 days. For those unfamiliar, that cricket score is called a Nelson after Admiral Nelson, who as the legend had it, had ‘one eye, one arm and one leg’ at the end of his existence. This was however, later debunked as false, as the Englishman never lost a leg. The same can't be said for the Swiss-born Giampaolo, as after three wins and four losses in seven games, he was relieved of his duties on Tuesday afternoon.

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Friday October 11 2019
Milan: Li under investigation

Former Milan owner Li Yonghong is being investigated by Chinese authorities for giving false information about his financial situation.

Li bought Milan in the summer of 2017 from Silvio Berlusconi but was ousted from the club just a year later after he defaulted on a €303m loan, with which he financed his takeover.

The businessman continues to cut a shady figure, and ANSA reports contact has been made between prosecutors in Milan and judicial authorities in China.

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Sunday September 29 2019
Commisso: 'I could've bought Milan!'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso prepares to face Milan tonight, reminding everyone “a year ago, I could’ve bought this club.”

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“A year ago, I could’ve become the President of Milan, but now I am 100 per cent Fiorentino and very happy to have bought Fiorentina,” the Italian-American businessman told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday August 1 2019
Fassone: 'Bonucci mistake, CR7 interested'

Ex-Milan CEO Marco Fassone confessed signing Leonardo Bonucci “was a mistake” and that Cristiano Ronaldo was open to joining them, but defended his choices.

The director was at the helm during Yonghong Li’s brief and doomed experience in charge, before the Chinese patron defaulted on loans and the club was repossessed by US hedge fund Elliott Management.

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Thursday August 1 2019
Fassone: 'Yonghong underestimated Milan'

Former Milan CEO Marco Fassone insists Yonghong Li “underestimated the task of repaying the loan, but the final balance was ultimately positive.”

Fassone was placed in charge when Chinese businessman Yonghong Li purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for €740m, ending a 30-year reign, and continued to reassure fans that there were no financial problems.

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Friday June 28 2019
OFFICIAL: Milan out of Europa League

Milan have officially withdrawn from next season’s Europa League after reaching an agreement with UEFA over Financial Fair Play.

A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) statement reads: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued a Consent Award embodying the agreement reached between AC Milan S.p.A and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) concerning breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations by the Italian club.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Fassone ends Milan legal action

Milan have officially reached an agreement with former CEO Marco Fassone after he had sued for unfair dismissal. “I wanted to clarify my actions were always fair and transparent.”

The CEO was brought in along with director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli during the Yonghong Li era, which culminated in the Chinese owner defaulting on loan payments.

The club was then effectively repossessed by US hedge fund Elliott Management, who sacked Mirabelli and Fassone.

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