UEFA to reject Milan’s voluntary settlement: reports

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Updated 07 December 2017
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UEFA to reject Milan’s voluntary settlement: reports

ROME: European football governing body UEFA is set to refuse AC Milan’s application for a voluntary agreement regarding Financial Fair Play rules, Italian press said on Thursday.
With a loss of some 255 million euros ($300m) over the last three seasons, fallen Italian giants Milan are some way from complying with UEFA’s limit of 30 million euros in losses over that same period.
Chinese-owned Milan had been hoping for a negotiated agreement to avoid incurring any penalties but La Gazzetto dello Sport claimed that “UEFA says no to Milan’s plan” and described it as “a tough blow for the rossonero club.”
Milan responded by saying they had “always said we’re ready to face the other side of the coin,” meaning they are prepared to sign a “settlement agreement” with UEFA.
Settlement agreements are financial penalties and squad and salary restrictions imposed on clubs that fail to adhere to UEFA’s rules.
The most severe handed out so far were to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in 2013/14 when both were fined 60 million euros (40 million of which was later refunded) and had their 25-man European competition squads reduced to 21 players.
Such sanctions only come into play if teams qualify for Europe and Milan are currently eighth in Serie A, five points and two places off a Europa League berth.
Despite a 200-million-euro investment from Chinese owner Li Yonghong during the close season, Milan have stuttered badly after a strong start saw them win four of their first five matches, recording just two victories in their 10 league encounters since.


Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

Updated 19 June 2018
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Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.