Breaking: AC Milan banned from Europa League
AC Milan have been excluded from the 2019-20 Europa League as a result of Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced.
The Serie A giants will play no part in continental competition during the upcoming campaign, despite having secured a fifth-place finish last season.
They ended 2018-19 one point behind arch-rivals Inter and outside of the Champions League spots.
The Rossoneri were due to participate in Europe’s secondary club tournament, but they have been forced to withdraw after failing to adhere to FFP regulations.
A side then managed by Gennaro Gattuso finished third behind Real Betis and Olympiakos, falling at the first hurdle.
There has been plenty of change at San Siro since then, with Marco Giampaolo now at the helm but he will not get the chance to take in European action during his debut campaign.
With Milan being ruled out of the Europa League for 2019-20, Italian football has one place to fill. (Goal.com)
That invitation will drop one place down the final standings in Serie A from 2018-19, with Torino seemingly now replacing Milan.
Their campaign will start at the second qualifying round, with Roma joining old adversaries Lazio in securing a passage straight through to the group stage.