Top FIFA official Boban leaving to join AC Milan

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to AC Milan as its chief football officer.

FIFA says Boban, the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues, is leaving within days.

Boban says: “I will always be grateful to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for the opportunity he gave me.”

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He joins Milan at a low point for the seven-time European champion, which the elegant midfielder helped to win the 1994 Champions League title.

Milan finished sixth in Serie A this season, extending its failure to qualify for the Champions League to six years.

UEFA is investigating Milan’s finances and has threatened the club with a one-season ban from European competitions if it fails to meet targets by June 2021.

Boban also helped Croatia reach the 1998 World Cup semifinals.

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