AC Milan have asked to be kicked out of this season’s Europa League for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
UEFA say clubs can lose a total of £27million over three years but the Italian giants have breached FFP rules in both the past two seasons.
UEFA has already suspended proceedings against Milan until after their ongoing appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from last season is resolved.
Now Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who previously held the same position at Arsenal, has asked for the club to be suspended from next season’s Europa League so it gives them more time to balance the books.
And in a further twist, reports in Italy suggest they could use the suspension to invest heavily in their squad without worrying about FFP rules.
Corriere della Sera reports Milan have asked for an ‘all-inclusive’ punishment that covers the two three-year periods – 2014-17 and 2015-18.
If accepted, Torino – who finished seventh in Serie A – would replace Milan in the Europa League, with Roma being admitted directly to the group stage.
Despite being one of the most decorated clubs in Europe, Milan have not appeared in the Champions League since 2013-14.
The club will begin the new season with a new coach having hired Marco Giampaolo from Sampdoria.