There has been talk in the media about a potential clash involving AC Milan and Toulouse given that both have qualified for European competitions under the same owner.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) recalls how the current UEFA regulation would prevent the two clubs from participating in ‘tournaments contiguous to each other’.
If Milan finished third in their Champions League group, thus dropping into the Europa League, Toulouse could find themselves as an opponent of the Rossoneri given that won the Coupe de France and thus qualified.
Theoretically one of the two clubs should give up playing in Europe in the 2023-24 season but the final call comes down to RedBird Capital, whose priority is Milan and the Champions League over the French club.
Toulouse however don’t seem worried, at least based on the words of their general manager Olivier Jaubert.
“We have sent the licensing documents to UEFA. If they have any questions, we are ready to answer any doubts,” he said.
These words were echoes by the president of the club – Daniel Comolli – who is certain that his team will not be forced to give way to Rennes or Monaco.
There is precedent which helps Toulouse, namely the one involving Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. In the 2017-2018 season, the former were eliminated in the preliminaries, with the German club in the Champions League.
In the following year, the two clashed in the Europa League group stages, with both clubs under the Red Bull banner.