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La liga files Man City and PSG complaints to UEFA

La Liga has filed complaints against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to UEFA for “continuously breaching” financial fair play regulations.

The Spanish top-flight revealed that an initial complaint was made against the Premier League team in April, but has been followed up with another about the French giants.

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La Liga argues that the two teams’ “irregular financing” and big spending violates UEFA’s rules and affects all European leagues and clubs.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly attacked the pair, who he describes as ‘state clubs’, and strongly criticised PSG over the new multi-million pound contract the French club gave star striker Kylian Mbappe in May.

Since then, Premier League City have confirmed the £51.2m signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid were interested in signing both players.

The statement from laliga reads:

“LaLiga this week filed a complaint with UEFA against PSG, which will join another against Manchester City in April, for understanding that these clubs are continuously breaching the current financial fair play regulations.

“La Liga considers that these practices alter the ecosystem and the sustainability of football, harm all European clubs and leagues, and only serve to artificially inflate the market, with money not generated in football itself.

“La Liga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs is carried out, either through direct money injections or through sponsorship and other contracts that do not correspond to market conditions or make economic sense,

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“The complaints against Manchester City before UEFA were made in April and this last week the one corresponding to PSG has been presented, although it is not ruled out that in the coming days extensions of some of these complaints will be made with the contributions of new data.

“Additionally, LaLiga has contracted law firms in France and Switzerland, including the French firm of lawyer Juan Branco, with the aim of undertaking administrative and judicial actions before the competent French bodies and before the European Union as soon as possible.

“In Switzerland, LaLiga is studying different representation options due to possible conflicts of interest of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi derived from his different roles in PSG, UEFA, ECA and BeIN Sports.”

The complaint against PSG was made last week and the one against City in April, although La Liga says it reserves the right to extend these complaints.

Both City and PSG have vigorously defended themselves against Tebas’ complaints in the past.

In July 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a two-year Champions League ban imposed on City by Uefa for Financial Fair Play breaches.

In April, Uefa approved new financial regulations that included a doubling of the sums clubs could lose over a three-year period from 30m to 60m euros, with some clubs allowed an additional 10m euros if they are in ‘good financial health’.

Last month Tebas said La Liga would take legal action against PSG after Mbappe snubbed a move to Real Madrid.

The France international instead renewed his contract with PSG until 2025, and Tebas and La Liga said the contract extension “attacks the economic stability” of European football.

Tebas is due to speak about the issue in depth at a European Leagues meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday.

UEFA implemented the financial fair play rules to stop clubs spending more money than they earn and putting themselves in trouble.

City and PSG have both been the subject of investigations for allegedly violating the regulations.

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UEFA initially banned the English team from European competitions due to “serious breaches”, but the club appealed the punishment and it was subsequently overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In 2014, both PSG and City were sanctioned by European football’s governing body in the form of fines and restrictions on transfer spending.

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