La Liga chief accuses Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City of "financial doping"

Jonathan Hernandez
September 8, 2017

"Mr Tebas' statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction", City said.

And a statement from City, released on Wednesday evening, read: "We note the public comments made by Mr. Tebas today and earlier this week".

Tebas also criticised City's relationship with Spanish top-flight side Girona, recently acquired by City Football Group (CFG), for signing and loaning players for next to nothing from City, in so doing allegedly attempting to "cook the books". City loaned five players to Girona: Douglas Luiz, Marlos Moreno, Aleix García, Pablo Maffeo, and Olarenwaju Kayode.

Tebas described City as "peeing in the pool" in reference to the vast amounts of money they have invested in manager Pep Guardiola's squad.

"They [Uefa] have not said they will never have one", he said.

The head of Spanish football's top flight, continued: "It is not just about PSG but also Manchester City".

Tebas called on UEFA to launch an investigation into "state funded clubs" like Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City that are both owned by sovereign wealth funds from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

Uefa is looking into PSG's compliance with FFP but the governing body now has no plans to probe City.

Speaking in Manchester at the Soccerex conference, Tebas suggested that PSG had mocked UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) regulations by completing that deal and the loan of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, which is set to become a €180m deal next summer.

"Manchester City with all this oil [money] will take all these players and we need to protect ourselves".

"These unworthy remarks do not live up to an institution as respectable and efficient as LaLiga".

That provoked a strong reaction from the French league.

After a summer in which it was made clear to the midfielder he was surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes, Ben Arfa surprisingly did not leave the club, preferring to see out the remaining 12 months of his contract.

"When contracts are not reflecting real market incomes - as in money not derived directly from football - then we take action".

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