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Milan hit with ban from Europa League

ReutersMILAN (Reuters) — AC Milan has voluntarily accepted a one-year ban from all European competitions for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, sport’s highest court CAS said Friday.

As a result, the seven-time European champions will not participate in the 2019-20 Europa League, for which it qualified for by finishing fifth in Serie A last season.

Milan’s ban means that AS Roma, which finished sixth in the standings, moves up to the group stage of Europe’s second-tier club competition, while its place in the qualifying rounds is taken by seventh-placed Torino.

“CAS has issued a consent award embodying the agreement reached between AC Milan and UEFA concerning breaches of the FFP regulations by the Italian club,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement.

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