AC Milan’s ban from the 2018-19 Europa League for breaching Financial Fair Play and licensing regulations has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The European Football Association UEFA confirmed in June that the Italians would be banned for two European seasons, after breaching the FFP rules.
Immediately after the verdict Milan launched an appeal to CAS. After reviewing the case, the ban has been annulled, though it is still possible the Italians could end up with some form of punishment. A CAS statement read: “The CAS panel rejected AC Milan’s request to order UEFA to enter into a settlement agreement but acknowledged that the decision of the adjudicatory chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) to exclude AC Milan from the UEFA club competition was not proportionate.”
“The Panel considered that some important elements have not been properly assessed by the adjudicatory chamber, or could not be properly assessed at the moment when the appealed decision was rendered, and noted in particular that the current financial situation of the club was now better, following the recent change in the club’s ownership.”
“The panel decided to refer the case back to the adjudicatory chamber of the UEFA CFCB because the club had requested that the case be referred back to UEFA and because it considers that the adjudicatory chamber is in a better position than the CAS panel to issue a new proportionate disciplinary measure on the basis of the current financial situation of the club.”
UPDATE 20/07/18 15:19 : UEFA confirm Milan will play Europa League
AC Milan will participate in next season’s Europa League after having a ban overturned on Friday. UEFA has confirmed AC Milan have been reinstated to the 2018-19 Europa League following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling that their ban was not proportionate to breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.