LaLiga are planning to take legal action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for ‘continuously breaching the current regulations of financial fair play.’
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has spoken out frequently against the spending of City and PSG and the Spanish league is now ready to take their grievances to the courts of the European Union.
Much of his ire has come to the fore again after Manchester City sealed a £51million deal for Erling Haaland and PSG resigned Kylian Mbappe on a three-year deal worth £650,000 a week.
As a result of Mbappe’s money-spinning new deal, Tebas and LaLiga filed a complaint against PSG with UEFA this week, reports Marca, joining 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 on a free, agreed a jaw-dropping £650,000-a-week, three-year deal to stay in Paris.
‘They are going to have to cheat,’ Tebas said at an event on Monday, as quoted by Marca. ‘I don’t know if paying outside the French environment or fattening up the sponsorships a lot.’
Deals for Kylian Mbappe (left) to stay at PSG and for Erling Haaland (right) to join Man City has seen LaLiga push ahead with plans to take legal action against them for financial performance
LaLiga boss Javier Tebas is convinced the two clubs ‘continuously breach 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 deal 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 claim regarding the PSG case has already been drafted and we will be filing it to UEFA in the coming days.
‘I believe this is what we have to do to defend European football and Spanish football and we are going to do it.’
Tebas’ public criticism of PSG and Man City has drawn stinging rebukes, including one from the head of the French league.
Ligue 1 chairman Vincent Labrune recently reminded Tebas that Real Madrid and Barcelona ‘had benefitted from illegal state aid’ and spend enormous sums on transfer fees and wages themselves.
Labrune said: ‘First, in relation to financial stability and sustainability, two of your clubs – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have broken a multitude of records in the past decade.
‘In terms of transfer fees, these two clubs have broken the world record six times. In terms of player salaries, Real Madrid currently has two of the highest-paid players in world football sat on their bench [Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard].
‘In terms of debt, Barcelona is reported to have a debt level of €1.5billion, and this is despite the European Court of Justice finding that Real Madrid and Barcelona benefitted from illegal state aid.
‘Over the past 10 years, LaLiga spent 32 per cent more on players than Ligue 1; and significantly more on foreign players outside your own league compared to Ligue 1.’
Vincent Labrune, the president of the French league, blasted back at Tebas earlier this month
Man City faced a probe from the Premier League back in 2019 over academy player recruitment and third-party ownership.
That came on the back of UEFA challenging City on allegations that they had over-inflated sponsorship deals.
City were initially banned from the Champions League for two years but it was later overturned in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, instead becoming a fine closer to £25m for failing to co-operate with UEFA.
Haaland’s arrival this summer has got to Tebas and has been central to his case against City.
He said recently: ‘From what I know, Haaland’s transfer, meaning the way it had to be carried out, would have been impossible for a club that has the transparency of Real Madrid.
‘If he has gone to City, we need to see how that operation was achieved, not in terms of money but in terms of how it was structured.
‘[Haaland’s agent] Mino Raiola’s successor has gotten €150m, not sure if it is as commission or not. That’s what is happening in the market and those strange things are only done by a club like Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea in the past.’
He believes that other leagues are not clamping down as strict as they are in LaLiga, with Barcelona facing issues in registering any new signings unless they can clear big earners from the books.
LA LIGA’S STATEMENT IN FULL
LaLiga this week filed a complaint with UEFA against PSG, which will join another against Manchester City in April, for understanding that these clubs are continuously breaching the current financial fair play regulations.
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 in 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 or make economic sense.
The complaints against Manchester City before UEFA were made in April and this last week the one corresponding to PSG has been presented, although it is not ruled out that in the coming days extensions of some of these complaints will be made with the contributions of new data.