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.


Australia captain Tim Paine worried about brittle batting after Pakistan win in Abu Dhabi

Updated 19 October 2018
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Australia captain Tim Paine worried about brittle batting after Pakistan win in Abu Dhabi

  • Aussie skipper admits side has to sort out batting ahead of Test series against India.
  • Abbas destroys Australia with a haul of 17 wickets in the series.

LONDON: Tim Paine admitted Australia need to sort out their batting and fast with a Test series against India to prepare for.
The Baggy Greens skipper was speaking after his side had been beaten by 373-runs by Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday. That victory gifted the hosts a 1-0 win in the two-Test series and left the Aussies scratching their heads as to what they need to do before they come up against the No. 1 ranked India side on home soil.
Pakistan’s medium pacer Mohammad Abbas did the damage once again as he took his maiden 10-wicket haul in a match to fire his side to victory. Abbas followed his five for 33 in the first innings with figures of five for 62 to bowl out the tourists for 164 after they were set a daunting 538-run target.
It was Australia’s heaviest defeat against Pakistan, beating the 356-run hammering at this same venue four years ago. And Paine admitted the defeat had given his food for thought, especially regarding the side’s brittle batting line-up.
“It is obviously really disappointing to have them five for 57 on day one and we let that opportunity slip,” the captain said.
“When you do that against really good teams in Test cricket you pay the price and I thought they batted really well after that in the first innings, put us under pressure and we weren’t up to the challenge with the bat.
“I thought our bowlers toiled pretty well on that wicket. To bowl them out twice was not a bad effort.
“It’s just our batting. Mohammad Abbas challenged our defense time and time again and as we’ve seen a number of times over the last couple of years we’ve come up short. There’s certainly no sugar coating that we’ve got some real issues with our batting and we need to address it really quickly.”
Paine’s opposite number Sarfraz Ahmed was left to praise Abbas, who in 10 Tests has already taken 59 wickets at an average of 15.64.
“The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us,” the Pakistan captain said.
“All the youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well. We have to groom them all. There was pressure, when the team loses there is pressure, the most important is that the team wins. Thankfully my batting performance in this Test contributed to the win.”
It was Abbas who destroyed Australia with a haul of 17 wickets in the series — becoming the first Pakistani fast bowler to take ten wickets in a Test since Mohammad Asif’s feat against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2006.
Abbas had jolted Australia with four wickets off just 23 balls while Yasir Shah finished with three for 45 to give Pakistan their tenth series win on the neutral venues of UAE.
They have only lost one series — 2-0 to Sri Lanka last year — since being forced to play their home matches in UAE since 2009.