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By ESPN Staff
Jul 27, 2006

UEFA postpone Milan decision

UEFA have delayed a decision on whether to allow AC Milan to play in the coming season's Champions League until August 2.

A UEFA spokesman said that Milan will enter the draw for the Champions League in Nyon on Friday on a 'provisional basis' ahead of a final decision by the emergency panel of European football's governing body next week.

Milan were one of the four leading clubs involved in the recent match-fixing scandal in Italy's Serie A.

On Tuesday evening an appeal court decided that Milan's 44-point deduction from their total last season should be reduced to 30 points, allowing the club a chance to play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

The emergency panel, chaired by UEFA president Lennart Johansson, met on Thursday morning after the Italian football federation (FIGC) on Wednesday entered their list of clubs to compete in European competitions in the 2006/07 season.

The FIGC have entered Inter Milan, Roma, AC Milan and Chievo as representatives for the Champions League next season.

'As far as the position of AC Milan is concerned, the panel took note of a report submitted by the UEFA chief disciplinary inspector on the question of whether it would be appropriate, due to the particular circumstances, to admit AC Milan to the 2006/07 UEFA club competitions,' read a statement from UEFA.

'Following this report, the emergency panel has decided to further examine whether to admit AC Milan to the 2006/07 UEFA club competitions.

'AC Milan and the FIGC will have the possibility to submit their observations in this respect to UEFA.

'The decision which will be taken by August 2 is subject to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).'

Juventus and Fiorentina, who finished first and fourth in Serie A last season and would have taken part in Europe's elite club tournament, were sanctioned for their roles in the scandal along with Milan and Lazio, who finished second and sixth respectively.

Inter Milan were awarded the 2005/06 title by the FIGC despite finishing third in the standings behind Juve and Milan.