Spanish La Liga president, Javier Tebas has launched yet another attack on Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City over this summer’s outrageous transfer fees on players.
The La Liga president has accused both clubs of “financial doping,” saying Neymar and PSG were “peeing” in the “swimming pool” after the striker completed a world-record €222 million move from Barcelona to the French club, ESPN reports.
Speaking in Manchester at the Soccerex conference, Tebas implied that PSG mocked UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) regulations by completing Neymar’s deal and the loan of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, which will be officially sealed for €180m in a permanent deal next summer.
Tebas said: “PSG are laughing at FFP, aren’t they? What we have done is caught them peeing in the bed, or the swimming pool. Neymar’s gone on the diving board and now he’s peed. We cannot accept this.
“This is when the football clubs have competitive advantage not coming from the club itself. PSG and Manchester City and in the past from Chelsea.”
“They have not said they will never have one,” Tebas said. “We still have hope. They [UEFA] have created the financial fair play rules and we think these rules have been infringed.
“We believed UEFA need to carry out investigations. We believed the EU need to investigate, too. We are not hiding what we want to do.
“It’s not that I don’t like PSG. If Neymar had gone to Man United, it wouldn’t have been as important to take this to the courts. They are not financial doping.
“What happens when this money coming into PSG and Man City comes into European football, there is an inflation of salaries and transfer fees. This is what we need to talk about.”
ESPN reports that Tebas requested to UEFA last month that both PSG and Manchester City be investigated for benefiting from “state-aid” from Qatar and Abu Dhabi respectively.
Last week, a formal investigation into the multi-million-pound transfer window spending of Paris Saint- Germain was announced, but UEFA confirmed this week that no investigation is being carried out on Manchester City.
According to UEFA, the investigation will analyse “the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity”.