Man City and PSG ‘continually breach Financial Fair Play rules’, LaLiga claim
LaLiga plans to take legal action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain over ‘continuously violate current financial fair play regulations.’
La Liga president Javier Tebas has frequently spoken out against City and PSG spending and the Spanish league is now ready to take its grievances to European Union courts.
Much of his anger returned to the fore after Manchester City agreed a £51million deal for Erling Haaland and PSG quit Kylian Mbappe on a three-year deal worth £650,000. pounds per week.
Following Mbappe’s lucrative new contract, Tebas and LaLiga filed a complaint against PSG with UEFA this week, reports Markjoining the league’s complaint against Man City from April.
Earlier this month, Tebas accused PSG of ‘destroying the ecosystem of European football’ after Kylian Mbappe, who was expected to sign for Real Madrid for free, agreed to a jaw-dropping £650,000-a-week deal over three years to stay in Paris.
“They’re going to have to cheat,” Tebas said at an event on Monday, as quoted by Marca. “I don’t know whether to pay outside the French community or to fatten the sponsorships a lot.”
Bids for Kylian Mbappe (left) to stay at PSG and for Erling Haaland (right) to join Man City have seen La Liga move forward with plans to take legal action against them over their financial performance
La Liga boss Javier Tebas is convinced that both clubs are ‘continuously violating Financial Fair Play’
“We are not going to allow a European team to destroy the ecosystem of European football,” he added, when Mbappe’s new contract was revealed.
“It’s not a problem of French football but of European football. We want Ligue 1 to be a sustainable competition. It’s not good for the industry. Our complaint regarding the PSG affair has already been drafted and we will file it with UEFA in the coming days.
“I believe that is what we have to do to defend European football and Spanish football and we will do it.”
Tebas’ public criticism of PSG and Man City has drawn scathing rebukes, including one from the French league chief.
Ligue 1 president Vincent Labrune recently reminded Tebas that Real Madrid and Barcelona ‘received illegal state aid’ and were themselves spending huge sums on transfer fees and wages.
Labrune said: “Firstly, when it comes to financial stability and sustainability, two of your clubs – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have broken a host of records over the last decade.
“In terms of transfer fees, these two clubs have broken the world record six times. In terms of player salaries, Real Madrid currently have two of the highest paid players in world football sitting on their bench [Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard].
“In terms of debt, Barcelona are said to have a debt level of €1.5 billion, and this despite the finding of the European Court of Justice that Real Madrid and Barcelona benefited from illegal state aid.
“Over the past 10 years, La Liga has spent 32% more on players than Ligue 1; and a lot more about foreign players outside your own league compared to Ligue 1.’
Vincent Labrune, the president of the French league, hit back at Tebas earlier this month
Man City have faced an investigation from the Premier League in 2019 on academy player recruitment and third-party ownership.
It came after UEFA challenged City over claims they had overly inflated sponsorship deals.
City were initially banned from the Champions League for two years, but it was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, becoming instead fined closer to £25m for failing to cooperate with the club. ‘.
Haaland’s arrival this summer came at Tebas and was central to his record against City.
He recently said: “From what I know, Haaland’s transfer, that is, the way it was to be done, would have been impossible for a club that has the transparency of Real Madrid.”
“If he went to City, we have to see how that deal was done, not in terms of money, but in terms of structure.”
‘[Haaland’s agent] Mino Raiola’s successor received 150 million euros, I don’t know if it’s a commission or not. That’s what happens in the market and these weird things are only done by a club like Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea in the past.
He believes other leagues aren’t as strict as they are in La Liga, with Barcelona facing problems registering any new signings unless they can knock big earners off the books.
FULL LA LIGA STATEMENT
La Liga this week lodged a complaint with UEFA against PSG, who will join another against Manchester City in April, for understanding that these clubs continually breach current Financial Fair Play rules.
LaLiga considers that these practices alter the ecosystem and the sustainability of football, harm all European clubs and leagues, and only serve to artificially inflate the market, with money not generated by football itself.
LaLiga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs takes place, either through direct injections of money or through sponsorship and other contracts that do not correspond to market conditions or do not make economic sense.
The complaints against Manchester City before UEFA were filed in April and last week the one corresponding to PSG was presented, although it is not excluded that in the coming days extensions of some of these complaints will be made with bringing in new data.