BREAKING NEWS: UEFA confirms AC Milan reinstated to 2018-19 Europa League

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BREAKING NEWS: UEFA confirms AC Milan reinstated to 2018-19 Europa League
BREAKING NEWS: UEFA confirms AC Milan reinstated to 2018-19 Europa League
UEFA has confirmed AC Milan have been reinstated to the 2018-19 Europa League following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) ruling that their ban was not proportionate to breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. Milan were told in June that UEFA had taken action against their alleged breaches of break-even requirements, barring them from competing in Europe's second-tier competition for next season. The club immediately launched an appeal to CAS, who ruled on Friday that UEFA's punishment was too harsh. CAS' annulment of the ban did not officially act as a reinstatement to the competition, because they confirmed Milan's failure with respect to the break-even regulations and urged UEFA to hand down a "proportionate disciplinary measure". But UEFA has since released a statement on the situation and confirmed Milan – who finished sixth in Serie A last term and were runners-up in the Coppa Italia – will be allowed to compete in the competition next term, joining at the group stage. The statement read: "Earlier this month, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Club Financial Control body, chaired by Jose Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, decided that AC Milan had breached the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations; in particular the break-even requirement.  "As a result, the chamber decided to exclude AC Milan from the 2018-19 Europa League. "As is permitted, AC Milan appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who confirmed the chamber's view that there had been a breach of the regulations. "However, the CAS noted that there were some important elements that could not properly be assessed by the adjudicatory chamber – most significantly the improvement of the club's financial situation as a result of the recent change of ownership. "As a result, AC Milan is reinstated to the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League and the CAS has referred the case back to the adjudicatory chamber to decide on the appropriate disciplinary measure, in the light of these developments."

ICC questions: Madrid without Ronaldo, Mourinho mood, Liverpool title credentials

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ICC questions: Madrid without Ronaldo, Mourinho mood, Liverpool title credentials
The FC team answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT status, how VAR would have changed the 2010 World Cup and how close Liverpool are to title contention. Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. The 2018 International Champions Cup kicks off on Saturday, with Premier League champions Manchester City facing Borussia Dortmund at Chicago's Soldier Field in the opening fixture of the preseason tournament which takes place across three continents. A World Cup summer has shifted the focus away from the club game, but with most major leagues now in the final stages of preparations for the new season, what questions do the big clubs need to answer during the ICC? How will Real Madrid shape up in...

Alisson: Liverpool offer for Brazil goalkeeper accepted by Roma

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Alisson: Liverpool offer for Brazil goalkeeper accepted by Roma
Alisson: Liverpool offer for Brazil goalkeeper accepted by Roma
Liverpool agree a fee in the region of £66.8m for Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.

Chelsea transfer news: Gary Cahill considering quitting amid reports of £44m Daniele Rugani arrival

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Chelsea transfer news: Gary Cahill considering quitting amid reports of £44m Daniele Rugani arrival

GARY CAHILL could follow Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard out of the Chelsea exit door.

The club captain is contemplating quitting the club with reports that new boss Maurizio Sarri is in the market for a new central defender with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani firmly in his sights.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is plotting a Stamford Bridge exitGetty Images - Getty

The 32-year-old also struggled to impress last season with Antonio Rudiger taking his spot in defence for a period of the season.

Cahill, who has also lost his starting position in the England set-up, is fearing another season on the substitute bench.

The former Bolton man has spent six years with the club, winning six major trophies but now feels it could be his time to move on, according to the Standard.

He will hold talks with the new gaffer once he returns from holiday as he continues his recovery from reaching the World Cup semi-finals with the Three Lions.

Juventus’ Daniele Rugani is wanted by boss Sarri is a £44m dealGetty - Contributor Cahill could be pushed further down the pecking order if Chelsea sign a new defenderReuters

Cahill has just one year left on his deal and it will be the club’s last chance to secure a fee for his signature or risk losing him for nothing in 12 months.

Sarri faces a tough task of keeping some of his key assets at the club with the futures of Hazard and Courtois shrouded in doubt.

Hazard made it clear that he wants his dream move to Real Madrid this summer when he revealed after the World Cup: “Everyone knows my preferred destination.”

His international team-mate Courtois is also attempting to steer a move to the Bernabeu.

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be given a three-week holiday, putting their potential moves to Real Madrid in jeopardyEden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are both being lined up for a move to Real MadridAFP

The keeper holds all the power with just 12 months left on his contract.

Courtois’ family all still reside in Madrid which only adds to his desire to return to the Spanish capital.

Chelsea could battle with Liverpool for Roma’s Alisson as a replacement.

Jorge Sampaoli stands down as Argentina coach after World Cup failure

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Jorge Sampaoli stands down as Argentina coach after World Cup failure
Jorge Sampaoli stands down as Argentina coach after World Cup failure

France World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

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France World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

The French squad is stacked with quality players, so they are expected to get a long way in Russia.

France World Cup FixturesKylian Mbappe has been France's best player, and faces Uruguay in the quarter finals (getty Images) The French squad is stacked with quality players, so they are expected to get a long way in Russia.

West Ham sign Paraguay defender Balbuena

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West Ham sign Paraguay defender Balbuena
West Ham sign Paraguay defender Balbuena
West Ham sign Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena from Brazilian side Corinthians on a three-year deal.