La Liga files complaint to Uefa, alleging Manchester City and PSG breach FFP | European club football

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La Liga has formally complained to Uefa regarding Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, claiming the English and French champions are in “continuous breach” of financial fair play rules.

The striking intervention on the part of the Spanish top flight and its president, Javier Tebas, continues a growing civil war within European football, which exists beyond the dividing lines created by the European Super League.

La Liga said it believed that money earned by the two “state clubs”, owned by entities related to the Gulf states of Abu Dhabi and Qatar respectively, “artificially inflate the market, with money not generated within football itself”.

“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 and do not make economic sense,” the statement said.

It also revealed that La Liga has hired legal representation in Switzerland, home of Uefa, to pursue a case against PSG’s president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, for alleged conflicts of interest.

The row erupted when PSG beat Real Madrid to the signing of Kylian Mbappé this summer, renewing the contract of France forward on a three-year deal. La Liga immediately complained to Uefa over this deal, claiming it was not possible under FFP rules, something PSG deny.

Neither City nor PSG would comment on the latest claims, but both clubs are known to deny wrongdoing and to hold a scornful opinion of La Liga and its own funding arrangements. Barcelona, ​​whose president, Joan Laporta, on Tuesday called for stricter rules regarding state ownership of football clubs, recently reported a € 500m hole in its finances but completed a € 55m deal with City for Spain’s Ferran Torres in January.

Paris Saint-Germain are pushing to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, threatening Barcelona’s hopes of buying the striker.

Lewandowski’s deal runs out next year and he is determined to leave Bayern this summer. The Poland international has made clear he has no intention of signing an extension and has been trying to secure a move to Barcelona.

The 34-year-old’s relationship with Bayern, who are trying to sign Sadio Mané from Liverpool, has broken down. The Bundesliga club have said they will hold Lewandowski to his contract, though they could decide it would make no financial sense to lose him for nothing next year. 

Bayern would not allow him to go on the cheap and are not convinced that Barcelona, who are emerging from a difficult financial spell, can afford to pay a fee appropriate for a player of Lewandowski’s stature.

That has opened the door for PSG to make their move. The French champions have hired a new transfer adviser, Luís Campos, and could add Lewandowski to an attack that already includes Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Chelsea also hold an interest in Lewandowski and could come into the running if Romelu Lukaku joins Internazionale on loan. Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s manager, is a huge admirer of the former Borussia Dortmund player. However it is understood Lewandowski is not convinced about moving to the Premier League. Jacob Steinberg

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Paris Saint-Germain are pushing to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, threatening Barcelona’s hopes of buying the striker.

Lewandowski’s deal runs out next year and he is determined to leave Bayern this summer. The Poland international has made clear he has no intention of signing an extension and has been trying to secure a move to Barcelona.

The 34-year-old’s relationship with Bayern, who are trying to sign Sadio Mané from Liverpool, has broken down. The Bundesliga club have said they will hold Lewandowski to his contract, though they could decide it would make no financial sense to lose him for nothing next year.

Bayern would not allow him to go on the cheap and are not convinced that Barcelona, ​​who are emerging from a difficult financial spell, can afford to pay a fee appropriate for a player of Lewandowski’s stature.

That has opened the door for PSG to make their move. The French champions have hired a new transfer adviser, Luís Campos, and could add Lewandowski to an attack that already includes Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Chelsea also hold an interest in Lewandowski and could come into the running if Romelu Lukaku joins Internazionale on loan. Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s manager, is a huge admirer of the former Borussia Dortmund player. However it is understood Lewandowski is not convinced about moving to the Premier League. Jacob Steinberg

Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt / Getty Images Europe

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The individual complaint against Khelaifi will heighten tension further within Uefa, where he and Tebas are members of the executive committee. La Liga said it was “looking into different representation options due to possible conflicts of interest for Nasser al-Khelaifi arising from his various roles at PSG, Uefa, the European Club Association [ECA] and BeIN Sports ”.

Khelaifi assumed the chair of the ECA after the collapse of the European Super League project last year. Whereas Barcelona, ​​Madrid and City were members of the breakaway league, PSG chose not to join the project. This put the French team on the same side as La Liga, which was a vocal opponent. BeIn Sports holds the rights to a number of European football competitions, including Ligue 1 in the French domestic market. PSG insists that Khelaifi makes no executive decisions on behalf of the broadcaster and that potential conflicts of interest are consistently reviewed by his lawyers.

PSG and City have previously had FFP investigations by Uefa quashed on appeal. PSG were cleared of breaches in 2019, and a subsequent attempt to reopen the investigation was shut down by the court of arbitration for sport. In July 2020 Cas overturned a two-year Champions League ban imposed on City by Uefa.

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