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AC Milan to form its first ever women’s team

AC Milan said on Tuesday it was forming a women's team to compete in next season's league with a buyout of ACF Brescia.

AC Milan to form its first ever women's team
An AC Milan fan. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

“AC Milan is announcing that from the 2018/2019 season it will participate for the first time in the club's history in the female Serie A championship … with the purchase of ACF Brescia,” a club statement said.

Brescia finished this season by missing out in the cup final to Fiorentina and were edged out by Juventus in the women's league. To date the club has lifted two league titles and three cups.

Tuesday's statement said the purchase “shows that AC Milan is taking an extra step in the framework of the Italian Federation's project to develop women's football”.

Last year, Juve bought the licence for nearby Cuneo Calcio Feminile as the Turin club also moved into the women's game. Juventus Women, bolstered by investments from Juve's links to the Agnelli family, promptly lifted the league crown. 

READ ALSO: How the Juventus women's team is shaking up Italian football


Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP
 

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Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup

Spain have been thrown out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup for fielding an ineligible South African-born player during the qualifying stages and will be replaced by Romania, World Rugby announced on Thursday.

Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup

“Subject to Spain’s right of appeal, the 10-point deduction applied to the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification table means that Romania will qualify as Europe 2 into Pool B replacing Spain,” read the statement.

Portugal — who Spain beat to seal their place in the global showpiece in France next year — replace Romania in the Final Qualification Tournament taking place in November 2022.

“Spain has a right of appeal within 14 days of the date of the full written decision of the committee,” read the statement.

According to Spanish media in March, the player under investigation was South African-born prop Gavin van den Berg, who has been playing in Spain since 2018.

He played twice against the Netherlands, in 2020 and 2021, in qualifiers, but he may not seemingly have served the three years of residency needed to become eligible under World Rugby rules.

Spain, Romania and Belgium were all sanctioned in 2018 for having fielded ineligible players, opening the way for Russia to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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