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La Liga president threatens to report Premier League to UEFA for transfer spending

Ryan Sidle

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La Liga president threatens to report Premier League to UEFA for transfer spending

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Javier Tebas is not very happy with English football, and La Liga's president has claimed he is going to bring up the spending by Premier League clubs in the transfer window to UEFA.

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Premier League spending this summer reached a mammoth £1.9 billion, as clubs got ready for a strange season with the World Cup break in the middle of it.

Nottingham Forest's 22 signings must have contributed to most of that amount but as a collective team's in England's top tier spent 49% of the spending of the top five leagues, and more than double second on the list, Serie A.

Whilst fans in this country might be very happy with how much has been spent, La Liga chief Tebas is not at all pleased, especially considering team's in Spain have shown constraint due to wage caps he's enforced.

So annoyed is Tebas that he's ready to go to UEFA to complain about how much is being spent in the Premier League on transfers, claiming that it's irresponsible amounts.

"Premier League revenues are 1.8 times more than LaLiga or Bundesliga but this negative amount is 20 times more than the Spanish league which has very good financial control," he said in a public presentation on La Liga spending limits.

"Something doesn't make sense there, so what's happening? There's a lot of cheque books coming out from clubs like Manchester City that sign a certain amount of players. Even the Championship lost €3bn over five years. The contributions of capital from club owners from Premier League clubs to compensate losses compared to LaLiga.

Haaland chose the Premier League over La Liga. Image: Alamy
Haaland chose the Premier League over La Liga. Image: Alamy

"There were €277m in capital increases in La Liga. €2376m in Premier League which are contributions and loans provided. In the Championship it was €1385m. It would be normal if they signed twice as many players but they have spent much more than even that. This can only be possible if the owners get out their cheque books and these are different models.

"I know the Premier League has a model to limit losses to £108m, do we want unsustainable models? What happens if the owners stop spending the money? We could let the sheiks and big companies come in here to buy out clubs. PSG can get more gas whenever they need to buy more players or use a related business.

"The football industry has changed and there's much more money. If there's no control then we could endanger the industry itself. The two competitions that are the most sustainable are LaLiga and the Bundesliga and we have to really fight for sustainability.

Antony cost a huge amount of money. Credit: Manchester United
Antony cost a huge amount of money. Credit: Manchester United

"10 years ago we weren’t like the Bundesliga but we are now. We’re going to put all this to UEFA and it is important for all the other European leagues as we want sustainable European football."

During the presentation, Tebas also revealed the huge difference in Barcelona's wage cap this season compared to the previous campaign.

That's only happened because of the number of 'financial levers' the club have had to release this summer, in order to be able to sign the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Raphina.

They will likely find more trouble in future seasons, meaning they're still going to have to worry about how to bring their wage budget down.

Tebas wasn't happy with Mbappe's decision to stay either. Image: Alamy
Tebas wasn't happy with Mbappe's decision to stay either. Image: Alamy

This isn't the first time that Tebas has been annoyed about the amount that others can spend, with the 60-year-old previously reporting PSG.

He was unhappy at the amount they were able to spend on re-signing Kylian Mbappe, with his own league champions Real Madrid missing out on the World Cup winner, calling it an 'insult to football.'

At that point UEFA said they wouldn't be forced by Tebas into taking action, and the same could happen when he complains about English teams.

Topics: La Liga, Premier League, Transfers, UEFA, Spain, England

Ryan Sidle
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