La Liga confirmed on Wednesday that they have lodged complaints with UEFA over Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City “continually breaching current Financial Fair Play rules”.
La Liga say the complaint to UEFA against City was lodged in April while the complaint against PSG was lodged ‘this week’.
The Spanish league has insisted it will continue to step up legal action against the two state-backed clubs.
La Liga has hired law firms in France and Switzerland “with the aim of initiating administrative and legal actions as soon as possible before the competent French authorities and the European Union”, reads a press release from the company. league.
And in Switzerland, La Liga is “studying different representation options” to investigate the “possible conflicts of interest” of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is president of PSG, in charge of BeIN Sports, owned by Qatar, heads the Association European Club Association and sits on the UEFA Executive Committee.
Manchester City have won the race to buy Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund after paying the striker’s £51m ($63m) release clause, but the deal, including salary and agents, could top £250m.
And PSG will pay Kylian Mbappe an annual salary of between 40 and 50 million euros, after the Frenchman opted to reject Real Madrid and sign a new three-year contract with the Qatari club.
PSG suffered a loss of 224.3 million euros ($240 million) in 2020/21, an increase of 80% from the previous year, the DNCG’s annual report announced earlier this this month.
“La Liga 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” , reads the press release from the Spanish league.
“La Liga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs takes place, either through direct injections of money or through sponsorship and other contracts, which do not correspond to market conditions or have no economic sense.”
– La Liga continues its fight against public clubs –
La Liga have been accused of sour grapes after Mbappe decided against playing in Spain, despite the Spanish league and its president Javier Tebas having long rallied against the financial might of state-owned clubs.
“This is not the first time that La Liga has denounced these anti-competitive practices before UEFA,” the statement added.
“The Spanish organization has always led the defense of economic control. In 2017 and 2018, he filed briefs with UEFA against PSG and Manchester City for violating financial fair play, which resulted in sanctions of UEFA against the two ‘state clubs’, although they were later canceled due to strange CAS decisions.”
La Liga introduced a system of strict spending restrictions in 2013, which Tebas says increases the competitive balance in the Spanish league and encourages clubs to take longer-term approaches to spending.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in an interview with AFP last month that he rejected La Liga’s criticism of Mbappe’s new contract.
“I absolutely disagree. There are too many insults in football anyway, and I think every league should worry about its own situation,” Ceferin said.
“I don’t think it’s fair for one league to criticize the other league. As far as I know, Real’s offer for Mbappe was similar to PSG’s offer,” Ceferin added.
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