Who will replace AC Milan in Europa League and why have the former European champions been banned for one year?

AC MILAN looked to have the world at their feet when their new chairman, Li Yonghong, ploughed millions into the squad last summer.

But now they are in a crisis once again after being banned from playing the Europa League for one season.

 AC Milan Gennaro Gattuso recently signed a new deal but will not be managing in a European competition with them next season

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AC Milan Gennaro Gattuso recently signed a new deal but will not be managing in a European competition with them next season

Who will replace AC Milan in the Europa League?

As they say, the show must go on and the Europa League must have a full compliment of teams in the competition.

And Fiorentina are the 'lucky losers', after finishing eighth in Serie A last season, two places below Milan.

I Rossoneri's explusion means Atalanta are promoted to the group stages with Lazio, while the Violas will start in the second qualifying round.

Fiorentina reached the Europa League semi-finals in 2015, losing to eventual winners Sevilla.

 Li Yonghong was installed as AC Milan's new chairman last year, bringing an influx in signings

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Li Yonghong was installed as AC Milan's new chairman last year, bringing an influx in signings

Why have AC Milan been banned for a year?

The Italian giants won the Champions League for their seventh title as recent as 2007.

But they are now out of all European competitions for a season after breach Financial Fair Play rules.


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Following their takeover by Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux in April last year, AC Milan proceeded to spend over £160 million on new players including Leonardo Bonucci and Andre Silva.

With owner's funds not taken into account for the FFP rules, Milan have failed to break even.

While they can appeal, it is unknown if they will – but are expected to sell a host of top stars in a bid to recuperate the funds.

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AC MILAN looked to have the world at their feet when their new chairman, Li Yonghong, ploughed millions into the squad last summer.