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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 struck a deal with Uefa to serve a one-year ban from European football.

The club, which finished fifth in Italy’s Serie A, will miss next season’s Europa League.

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Uefa will end its proceedings against the Italians for overspending, said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

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“AC Milan is excluded from Uefa club competitions of the sporting season 2019-2020,” said Cas.

Milan’s ban means AS Roma, who came sixth in the standings, move up to the Europa League group stage while their place in the qualifying rounds is taken by seventh-placed Torino.

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Seven-time European champions Milan finished one point behind local rivals Inter, who took the final Champions League qualifying place.

Milan previously successfully appealed against a two-year ban imposed by Uefa last summer after being found guilty of breaking spending rules between 2015 and 2017.

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Under Uefa regulations, any club making losses beyond the permitted limits over a three-year period faces possible sanctions, and in some circumstances, a ban.

Milan were able to take part in last season’s Europa League – going out in the group stage – after appealing to Cas, persuading it that their finances would improve under new ownership. (BBC)