Players and fans of Toulouse FC can breathe a sigh of relief. Les Violets have received permission from UEFA to participate in the group stage of the Europa League next season. Their participation as winners of the 2023 French Cup was in doubt concerns about shared ownership with AC Milan. UEFA’s rules state that two clubs owned by the same entity – in this case RedBird Capital Partners – could not guarantee participation in continental competitions.
Toulouse had to make adjustments to their board of directors to convince UEFA that RedBird no longer has decision-making power at both clubs and that the financial arrangements were sufficient to guarantee their independence from AC Milan, which will play the Champions League. It seems that the Ligue 1 club has done enough to get the green light from the European institution. Nevertheless, UEFA has asked the two clubs not to sell or loan players to each other for the coming season and to ensure the independence of their recruiting teams. Toulouse will be drawn in Pot 4 due to their lack of European experience in recent years.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval
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