Man City And PSG Face Calls To Be Kicked Out Of The Champions League
Earlier this month, it was reported that Manchester City cheated to break UEFA's financial fair play, according to the latest Football Leaks being reported by German media outlet Spiegel.
To move costs and appear to conform to FFP regulations, Manchester City reportedly set up "Operation Longbow."
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour 'secretly funded' the club's sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies himself - something that has caused huge outrage.
There were suggestions City even struck a deal with UEFA having broken strict FFP regulations.
Breaking ' Football Leaks headline: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has been secretly funding the club's sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies himself - Mediapart. More follows.- Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 5, 2018
To move costs & appear to conform to FFP regulations, Manchester City set up "Operation Longbow" - its name, according to Club Secretary Simon Cliff was chosen as "the English beat the French at Crécy & Agincourt," aiming to beat Platini in this case? - Mediapart. More follows.- Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 5, 2018
City and another club who have been under the FFP microscope, PSG, have escaped serious bans by paying fines.
But La Liga chief Javier Tebas has called for both clubs to be kicked out of the Champions League if they are found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules.
"I said two years ago that PSG and Manchester City were cheating so it wasn't a surprise to me at all," Tebas said at the Soccerex Event.
"It's very important that UEFA does something real about it. It's something that has unbalanced world football and the structure of the game. You have to punish those teams.
"Forcing them to sit out a year of the Champions League would send a message that these rules must be taken seriously," Tebas added.
"It isn't about punishing PSG specifically, but enforcing rules we expect everyone to follow."
La Liga boss Javier Tebas to Goal:- City Watch (@City_Watch) November 19, 2018
"I said 2 years ago that PSG and Man City were cheating so it wasn't a surprise to me. It's important that UEFA does something real about it. It's something that has unbalanced world football and its structure. You have to punish those teams." pic.twitter.com/6WDNB1rNWm
FFP rules stipulate that clubs balance their football-related expenditure, such as wages and transfer fees, with television rights and ticket sales as well as their commercial revenue.
It would certainly be a shocking situation if both clubs were knocked out of the Champions League.
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