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AC Milan banned from the Europa League after breaching FFP rules

By Alex Williams

Uefa have announced that AC Milan have been banned from playing in this season's Europa League after breaching financial fair play (FFP) restrictions.

The toughest punishment on a breach of FFP has been handed to Milan after they failed to comply with break-even requirements, the club overspending on player transfer fees and wages.

The Italian club spent more than €200m last year on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that bought the club from former Italy president Silvio Berlusconi for $800m in April 2017.

Milan finished sixth in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League, but will not be able to play in Europe if they fail to overturn the ban by successfully appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

As it stands, Atalanta will take AC Milan's automatic place in the Europa League.

• Celtic won their first pre-season friendly as a James Forrest goal helped them to a 1-0 win over SK Vorwarts Steyr in Austria.

The Hoops are currently on a training camp in Austria as they gear up for their Champions League qualifiers next month.

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