Stars Abroad

AC Milan qualified for next season's Europa League after finishing fifth in the Serie A but they have been excluded from European competitions for the 2019/20 season for non-compliance with Financial Fair Play rules, announced the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.

The Rossoneri overspent between 2016-18 which got them in hot water with UEFA. 

As a result of Milan banned from the Europa League, AS Roma have directly qualified for the group stage of the Europa League and Torino who ended the season in seventh place will play in the second qualifying round of the competition. 

Torino's season will start on July 25 and manager Walter Mazzarri is unlikely to be without Nigeria international Ola Aina for their first game in Europe in the 2019/20 campaign.

The Chelsea Academy product is on international duty with Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will be given at least two weeks off to recover after the tournament in Egypt. 

Aina has 84 first team games under his belt for his clubs but has not yet debuted in European club competitions.

The 22-year-old fullback won the UEFA Youth League, which is contested by youth teams, twice with Chelsea.

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