Milan thrashed by Verona amidst UEFA concern over club books

UEFA has expressed concern over AC Milan’s financial situation even as the club’s miserable season hit a new low after slumping to a 3-0 loss at struggling Verona in Serie A on Sunday

Verona rose to 17th in the table and above the relegation zone after earning only their third league win of the season, thanks to goals from Antonio Caracciolo, Moise Kean and Daniel Bessa scored.

Caracciolo, who was left unguarded by the Milan defence headed in from Romulo’s corner in the 24th minute, with the ball hitting the bar and going in off goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Kea then scored the second after Bessa pulled the ball back 10 minutes after halftime.

After the break, Bessa tripled Verona’s unchallenged lead in the 77th minute by finishing from Romulo’s pass after the Brazilian burst down the right unchallenged. Milan forward Suso was then sent off for kicking Daniele Verde, who was on the ground, in a decision made with the help of the video assistant referee.

The result meant that Milan have managed one win, one draw and one defeat in their three league games since Gennaro Gattuso was appointed as coach, who said his side had started well but failed to react after falling behind in the 24th minute.

“Until the first goal, we played some good football and created plenty of chances,” Gattuso said. “Then, at the first sign of trouble, we collapsed as we have so often this season. We need to understand why we collapsed like that…..we don’t know how to react when we go behind. There are no excuses, we made fools of ourselves.”

Milan, who are seven-time European champions have came under Chinese ownership since April, and spent more than €200m (£176.5m) in the last transfer window in an attempt to re-establish themselves as a force in Serie A. The effort turned out mixed results, as they are currently seventh in the table with seven wins and seven defeats.

Topping off their miserable run, UEFA has rejected Milan’s request for a voluntary agreement that would have temporarily exempted the club from European football’s financial fair play rules last week.

The European football governing body said regarding Milan’s finances that there were “still uncertainties in relation to the financing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder”.

 

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