Manchester City and PSG breach FFP, reported to Uefa by La Liga


La Liga has actually officially grumbled to Uefa concerning Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, claiming the English and French champions are in "continuous breach" of monetary fair play rules.

The striking intervention on the part of the Spanish top flight and its president, Javier Tebas, continues a growing civil war within European football, which exists beyond the dividing lines produced by the European Super League.

La Liga said it believed that money made by the 2 "state clubs", owned by entities connected to the Gulf states of Abu Dhabi and Qatar respectively, "artificially pump up the market, with cash not produced within football itself".

"La Liga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs is performed either through direct injections of cash or through sponsorship and other contracts that do not correspond to market conditions and do not make economic sense," the declaration said.

It likewise revealed that La Liga has worked with legal representation in Switzerland, home of Uefa, to pursue a case against PSG's president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, for alleged disputes of interest.

The row emerged when PSG beat Real Madrid to the signing of Kylian Mbappé this summer, renewing the contract of the France forward on a three-year deal. La Liga right away complained to Uefa over this deal, claiming it was not possible under FFP rules, something PSG deny.

Neither City nor PSG would talk about the latest claims, but both clubs are understood to deny misdeed and to hold a scornful opinion of La Liga and its own financing arrangements. Barcelona, whose president, Joan Laporta, on Tuesday required more stringent guidelines regarding state ownership of football clubs, just recently reported a hole of EUR500m in its financial resources however finished a EUR55m deal with City for Spain's Ferran Torres in January.

The individual grievance against Khelaifi will heighten stress further within Uefa, where he and Tebas are members of the executive committee. La Liga said it was "looking into different representation options due to possible disputes of interest for Nasser al-Khelaifi occurring from his numerous roles at PSG, Uefa, the European Club Association [ECA] and BeIN Sports".

Khelaifi assumed the chair of the ECA after the collapse of the European Super League project in 2015. Whereas Barcelona, Madrid and City were members of the breakaway league, PSG picked not to sign up with the project. This put the French team on the very same side as La Liga, which was a singing opponent. BeIn Sports holds the rights to a number of European football competitions, including Ligue 1 in the French domestic market. PSG firmly insist that Khelaifi makes no executive choices on behalf of the broadcaster which prospective conflicts of interest are consistently reviewed by his attorneys.

PSG and City have actually formerly had FFP examinations by Uefa quashed on appeal. PSG were cleared of breaches in 2019, and a subsequent effort to resume the investigation was closed down by the court of arbitration for sport. In July 2020 Cas overturned a two-year Champions League ban troubled City by Uefa.

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