Man City, PSG accused of ‘continuous breach’ of FFP rules by La Liga, complaint to UEFA submitted

Date published: Wednesday 15th June 2022 3:38 - News Desk

Man City accused by La Liga

La Liga have filled a complaint to UEFA accusing Man City and PSG of a “continuous breach” of Financial Fair Play rules.

President Javier Tebas has a long-standing problem with the two European clubs. This is over the way they are financed through sponsorship deals, which in his view, does not reflect the market.

The La Liga chief also fumed at Kylian Mbappe’s £1m-a-week contract extension at PSG, describing it as an ‘insult to football’.

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But he has taken that attack further by lodging formal papers with European football’s governing body against the Ligue 1 club, having already done so against the Premier League champions.

“This week, LaLiga has filed a complaint with UEFA against PSG, which adds to another against Manchester City in April, on the grounds that these clubs are in continuous breach of the current financial fair play rules,” a LaLiga statement read.

“LaLiga considers that these practices alter the ecosystem and sustainability of football, harm all European clubs and leagues, and only serve to artificially inflate the market, with money not generated within football itself.

“LaLiga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs is carried out either through direct injections of money or through sponsorship and other contracts that do not correspond to market conditions and do not make economic sense.”

The statement from LaLiga said those complaints could possibly be broadened with the addition of new information, with law firms hired in France and Switzerland to take formal action.

It is not the first time LaLiga has sought sanctions PSG and City for breaching financial fair play. It filed submissions in 2017 and 2018 only for them to be overruled by what the Spanish league claimed were “bizarre” Court of Arbitration for Sport rulings.

PSG and City, who have strenuously defended themselves against LaLiga’s claims in the past, have been contacted for comment by the PA news agency.


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