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AC Milan cleared to play in Europa League as ban overturned

AC Milan are cleared to play in the 2018-19 Europa League group stages as their two-year ban from European competition is overturned by CAS.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned UEFA's decision to ban AC Milan from European competition for two years, clearing the way for the Italian outfit to participate in the Europa League during the upcoming season.

European football's governing body had initially suspended Milan from taking part in its competitions for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns following a breach of their licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.

However, Milan appealed the ruling following a change of ownership, arguing that previous FFP decisions had gone in favour of other clubs, notably Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The CAS has subsequently ruled that the initial punishment was disproportionate and have now sent the case back to UEFA to come up with a more suitable penalty.

Milan spent more than £170m on new players under their Chinese owners last summer, but they could only manage a sixth-place finish in Serie A and never threatened a title challenge.

However, the seven-time European Cup winners, who are now controlled by US hedge fund Elliott, will get the chance to compete in Europe again during the upcoming season, when they will be entered into the Europa League group stages.

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AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in action during his side's Europa League clash with Arsenal in March 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus88001851324
2Napoli86021510518
3Inter Milan8512126616
4Lazio8503119215
5Sampdoria8422124814
6Roma84221610614
7Fiorentina8413146813
8SassuoloSassuolo84131514113
9Parma8413109113
10AC Milan73311510512
11Torino833299012
12Genoa74031214-212
13CagliariCagliari823369-39
14SPALSPAL8305610-49
15Udinese8224810-28
16Bologna8215410-67
17Atalanta BCAtalanta8134911-26
18Empoli8125510-55
19FrosinoneFrosinone8017321-181
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo8026619-13-1

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