The problem arose when striker Stephan El Shaarawy was named as an ‘A list’ player. According to Uefa regulations, El Shaarawy could have been selected as a ‘B list’ player but Milan director, Umberto Gandini, placed the Italy international in the wrong category, forcing Niang to watch from the sidelines as the side face Barcelona, Ajax and Celtic.
“Umberto Gandini, director of the AC Milan organisation, assumes the responsibility for the error in the compilation of the Champions League lists for not having taken into account in the drafting of such legislation that Uefa allows the inclusion of players born after January 1, 1992 with at least two years of experience at the club between the ages of 15 and 21 in the B List,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
“Umberto Gandini regrets this error and apologises to all parties concerned, as well as professionally to the Rossoneri fans.”
AC Milan begin their European campaign against Celtic at the San Siro on September 18.