Manchester City threaten La Liga boss Javier Tebas with legal action

08 September, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Neymar, PSG and Manchester City accused of 'peeing in the swimming pool' by La Liga president Javier Tebas

LA LIGA chief Javier Tebas has taken a huge swipe at big spending Paris Saint-Germain, with claims they are guilty of "financial doping".

He said Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had "settled down" in recent years but criticised the spending of Gulf-owned clubs like PSG and City. "These past few years Manchester City have paid out almost a thousand million on players, PSG £950m".

"Half of the squad left for global duty and they called up reserve players to fill up the group, which is amusing", Bertrand said.

In response to Mr Tebas' comments, the CFG said on Wednesday evening: "Mr Tebas' statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction".

Tebas wrote letters to European football's governing body on 22 August asking for both PSG and Manchester City, funded by Abu Dhabi United Group, to be fully investigated for benefitting from "state-aid" that is "irreparably harming the football industry".

"The LFP recalls that only UEFA is empowered to rule on compliance with the rules of Financial Fair Play by PSG".


Speaking at SoccerEx, Tebas hit out at the behaviour of certain clubs when buying players from La Liga, and believes their accounts demonstrate what is at play.

"We note the public comments made by Mr Tebas today and earlier this week", read the statement. "Additionally, La Liga calls on UEFA to open a similar investigation into Man City", the association of Spain's top football teams said in its statement.

"Manchester City with all this oil [money] will take all these players and we need to protect ourselves".

He added: "We've caught them peeing in the swimming pool".

"These unworthy remarks are unbefitting an institution as respectable and successful as the Spanish league".

City did not charge Girona a loan fee for any of the five players they sent to the club, although that is not unusual in itself - they did not charge Celtic a loan fee for striker Patrick Roberts when he agreed another 12-month spell with the Scottish champions this summer. "This is not football's market price, It's gas market price". They were set a limit of 80m euros to spend on their squad by La Liga following an assessment of the club's financial position.

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