Just when AC Milan were hoping to bounce back at a continental level and were set to purchase quality players that can make them a contender for both national and overseas rivals, the Rossoneri have suffered a major setback due to things that have nothing to do with football per se.
Milan just got banned from Europa League due to Financial Fair Play breaches. The team had successfully appealed against a suspension from continental competition ahead of the prior 2018-19 season, but now those sanctions have been confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The Serie A giants will not play in the continental competition during next campaign, although they secured a fifth-place finish last season, just one point behind arch-rivals Inter and outside of the Champions League spots.
Still, they were going to have European football action, but they have been forced to withdraw after failing to adhere to FFP regulations. A statement from CAS read:
"AC Milan is excluded from participating in the UEFA Club Competitions of the sporting season 2019/2020 as a consequence of the breach of its FFP break-even obligations during the 2015/2016/2017 and the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring periods.
"The Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body is invited to issue a Procedural Order, acknowledging the outcome of the present arbitration(s) and terminating the AC-01/2019 proceedings relating to the 2016/2017/2018 monitoring period, which have become moot."
After successfully appealing the decision last year, Milan did play in the Europa League but ended up being knocked out at the group stage besides Olympiakos and Real Betis. Now, they were aiming high and looking forward to playing a continental tournament where they could showcase the assets they are planning to sign during the summer; however, their spot will now be taken by Torino.