the Spanish Football League files a complaint against PSG and Manchester City


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The Spanish Football League confirmed on Wednesday that it has lodged complaints with UEFA against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City which « continually breach current Financial Fair Play regulations ».

The Spanish Football League has filed a complaint with UEFA regarding the terms of Erling Haaland’s transfer to Manchester City and another regarding Kylian Mbappé’s extension to PSG, two clubs which, according to it, « continually break the rules of financial fair play ».

The complaint against City was filed in April, while that against PSG was « this week », La Liga confirmed on Wednesday June 15, adding that it would continue to intensify legal action against the players. two clubs supported by the state.

To do so, it has joined the services of lawyers in France and Switzerland « with the aim of undertaking administrative and legal actions before the competent French authorities and the European Union as soon as possible », we can read. in his press release.

In Switzerland, La Liga is « studying different representation options » to investigate the « possible conflicts of interest » of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is both president of PSG, head of BeIN Sports, owned by Qatar, leader of the European Club Association and member of the UEFA Executive Committee.

« La Liga considers that these practices alter the ecosystem and the sustainability of football »

La Liga boss Javier Tebas is one of the most vocal critics of state-backed clubs, namely Qatar for Paris SG and the United Arab Emirates for Manchester City, which he says are hijacking established Financial Fair Play by UEFA and unbalance sporting and economic competition.

Manchester City have won the race to buy Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund after paying the striker’s €60million release clause, but the full amount of the deal, including salary and agents’ fees , could exceed 275 million euros according to the press.

Paris Saint-Germain will pay Kylian Mbappé an annual salary of between 40 and 50 million euros, after the Frenchman chose to reject Real Madrid and sign a new three-year contract with the Parisian club. PSG suffered a loss of 224.3 million euros at the end of the 2020/2021 season, an increase of 80% compared to the previous year, indicated the annual report of the financial authority of French football ( DNCG) at the beginning of the 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 that is not generated in the football itself, » read the statement from the Spanish league.

FC Barcelona reported a debt of 1.3 billion euros last February, while that of Real Madrid, which will inaugurate its renovated Santiago-Bernabeu stadium in 2023, is around 900 million euros. euros, according to several Spanish media.

With AFP

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