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Milan hit with UEFA ban over financial fair play breach

The Italian side will have the right to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

AC Milan have been banned from next season’s Europa League, UEFA has announced.

The Italian giants have been excluded from the competition after being found to have breached the governing body’s licensing and financial fair play regulations.

A statement confirmed the club, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, had failed to meet the “break-even requirement”.

Milan will have the right to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

UEFA’s statement read: “The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify.”

The seven-times European champions were referred to UEFA’s club financial control body last month having sustained losses for several years.

The club are reported to have argued their finances are now stable as a result of their takeover by Li Yonghong last year but UEFA has still acted.

The punishment could increase speculation over the futures of goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma defender Leonardo Bonucci, who have persistently been linked with moves away from the San Siro.

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