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La Liga File Complaint Against Manchester City For Financial FairPlay Breaches

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La Liga File Complaint Against Manchester City For Financial FairPlay Breaches

In an official statement, La Liga have confirmed that official complaints have been launched against both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City for suspected breaches of Financial FairPlay regulations.

The respective complaints come just weeks after La Liga giants Real Madrid failed in their double pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, and the former Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland.

The aforementioned French international was strongly linked with a summer move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer on a free transfer, and in a move that many Spanish publications had reported as a lifelong dream for the player. However, in a dramatic turn of events, Kylian Mbappe instead opted to extend his deal with the French Champions.

As for Erling Haaland, the Norwegian sensation had too been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but was ultimately in love with the prospect of joining his boyhood club Manchester City, and thus completed a move to the Premier League champions.

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In light of this, Javier Tebas and La Liga have launched complaints against both of the aforementioned clubs, on the grounds of suspected breaches of Financial FairPlay regulations.

In an official statement, relayed by Spanish newspaper Marca, La Liga state:

"La Liga 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."

"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 not generated in football itself."

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La Liga president, Javier Tebas. REUTERS / Alamy
La Liga president, Javier Tebas. REUTERS / Alamy

"La Liga 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."

"Additionally, La Liga has contracted law firms in France and Switzerland, including the French firm of lawyer Juan Branco, with the aim of undertaking administrative and judicial actions before the competent French bodies and before the European Union as soon as possible."

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Javier Tebas was also swift to hit out at Manchester City's successful pursuit of Erling Haaland, and raised concerns over the Premier League club's ability to sanction such a high-profile move given the expenses he believes were at stake in a deal.

La Liga president, Javier Tebas. REUTERS / Alamy
La Liga president, Javier Tebas. REUTERS / Alamy

Tebas explained, "They must have done something, because (Erling) Haaland asked the clubs for more apart from the €60 million that has been paid."

Only time will tell whether anything will come of such complaints, although the obsession of Javier Tebas on clubs run to a greater standard to those within his own division will likely not disappear any time in the near future.

Featured Image Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Topics: La Liga, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Transfers, Spain

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