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By ESPN Staff

UEFA to decide over Milan Euro future

UEFA face a test of their resolve to tackle the darker side of football when they decide on Wednesday whether AC Milan will be allowed to take part in this season's Champions League.

The club have been one of four sides found guilty in the match-fixing scandal that has rocked Italian football, but can now take part in Europe's top competition after having their punishment reduced by an Italian football appeal court.

UEFA, however, could still bar Milan's participation in the competition and the result of a decision a four-man emergency panel will be announced at 1300 BST tomorrow.

The panel is being chaired by UEFA chairman Lennart Johansson, who has in the last year has backed a number of initiatives aimed at cleaning up football.

If UEFA do rule that Milan cannot take part, it will send a firm message that European football's ruling body will not stand for clubs seeking to bend the rules.

Johansson will be joined on the panel by executive committee members Senes Erzik from Turkey, Mathieu Sprengers from Holland, and Giangiorgio Spiess, a lawyer from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.

Milan were initially docked 15 points for their part in the scandal in which Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were also found guilty.

That punishment was cut to eight points last week and meant they still qualified for the Champions League but have to play a qualifier against Irish side Cork City or Red Star Belgrade in order to make the group stage.

A UEFA spokesman said: 'The panel has asked the Italian football federation for further information and they will now review the situation and make a decision.'