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La Liga chief Javier Tebas says he has obligation to call out Man City and PSG for ‘rule breaches’

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has renewed his attack on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, accusing them of breaking financial fair play rules and threatening the future of European football.

Tebas did not do so when he revealed details of LaLiga’s complaints to UEFA, alleging that City and PSG had broken the rules and that he had an ‘obligation’ to say so.

Tebas has been compounded by Manchester City signing a £51m deal for Erling Haaland and PSG re-signing Kylian Mbappe to a three-year deal worth £650,000 a week.

LaLiga boss Javier Tebas is convinced PSG and Manchester City are violating financial fair play'

LaLiga boss Javier Tebas is convinced PSG and Manchester City are violating financial fair play’

The outspoken Spaniard accused the two state clubs of blowing up sponsorship deals, making payments abroad to hide costs and incurring uncontrolled charges.

“Normally sponsorship…and maybe other transactions…they’re not done at market value, or fair value, they’re inflated value contracts,” Tebas claimed, speaking to 400 representatives of the European Leagues and related clubs in Amsterdam.

“So they can try to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play.”

“Second, they pay outside the country where… the club is… They pay some players outside their country, in this particular case France and England. They take them to their own country, so they are not part of the… financial control.

This means that they can be expected to adhere to financial fair play, but this is expenditure that is brought abroad to another country and it is done through a sponsorship or holding a specific event. A certain player goes to an event and gets a very, very large amount.

“The third way that characterizes these state clubs is the losses. They just have high losses.’

Mbappe rejected Real Madrid advances to sign new deal at PSG

Haaland has joined Manchester City on a £51m deal

Through deals for Kylian Mbappe (left) to stay at PSG and for Erling Haaland (right) to join Manchester City, LaLiga has made plans to take legal action against them over financial performance

Tebas said LaLiga had filed complaints with UEFA in April regarding Manchester City (and Juventus), and in June regarding PSG.

City relied on entities in owner Sheik Mansour’s home country, the UAE, for some sponsorship deals.

PSG is owned by Qatar Sports Investments, which is backed by the Qatari government and led by the club’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

The Spanish League chief recently launched an attack on superpower clubs on Monday and he has now reacted strongly to suggestions that he was acting in favor of Spanish teams.

“We are not doing this to defend the Spanish clubs because we have our own financial control which is very strict,” he said. “We are doing this to ensure that the UEFA football ecosystem is not endangered, as we believe it is currently in jeopardy.”

It is an ongoing theme for Tebas and LaLiga, dating back to August 2017, when UEFA was first asked to investigate the French and English club.

UEFA closed its investigation into PSG in June 2018, but then tried to reopen it. The French club appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, which ruled that the initial decision to close the case was ‘final and binding’.

Following the 2017 complaint, UEFA found that Manchester City violated financial fair play rules and imposed a two-year Champions League ban, but CAS overturned the sanction.

“These state-owned clubs are really damaging the football ecosystem. It’s terrible damage. It’s unfair competition. They drive up wages in Europe and question UEFA’s own credibility and financial control.’

Tebas alleges that both clubs have broken break-even rules, in part by overvaluing commercial contracts.

To back up his point, he said commercial income at PSG was 65 per cent of total income, compared to an average of 45 per cent at other major European clubs and annual wage bills topped £540million last year.

“PSG has increased their wage bill incredibly during the Covid period…” he added.

“They will have a wage bill of 600 million euros (£541 million) for this year 2021-22. That cannot be sustainable at all and that is of course without involving Mbappé.

Vincent Labrune, the president of the French league, shot back at Tebas earlier this month

Vincent Labrune, the president of the French league, shot back at Tebas earlier this month

“It is clear that they are not following the rules of financial fair play. It is clear that we have to file complaints.’

PSG ‘refused to dignify Tebas’ latest eruption’ with a formal statement. Although one executive told Sportsmail, “The last person we’ll be taking lessons from is Javier Tebas.”

And Ligue 1 president Vincent Labrune recently reminded Tebas that Real Madrid and Barcelona had “benefited from illegal state aid” and are spending huge amounts of their own transfer fees and wages.

Labrune said: “First of all, two of your clubs – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have broken many records over the past decade in terms of financial stability and sustainability.

In terms of transfer fee, these two clubs have broken the world record six times. In terms of player salaries, two of the highest paid players in world football are currently sitting on the bench at Real Madrid [Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard]†

“In terms of debt, Barcelona is said to have a debt level of €1.5 billion, despite the European Court of Justice’s finding that Real Madrid and Barcelona benefited from illegal state aid.

“Over the past 10 years, LaLiga has spent 32 percent more on players than Ligue 1; and significantly more on foreign players outside your home league compared to Ligue 1.’

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