Wednesday , February 5 2020

Javier Tebas calls for UEFA to punish Manchester City over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play

‘Figures don’t add up’: LaLiga boss Javier Tebas calls for UEFA to punish Manchester City over alleged Financial Fair Play breaches

  • Manchester City are being investigated by UEFA over Financial Fair Play breach
  • LaLiga president Javier Tebas wants the Premier League club punished severely 
  • Tebas insisted both Man City and Paris Saint-Germain had questions to answe 

Manchester City must be punished by UEFA for financial ‘doping’ as their ‘figures don’t add up’, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has reiterated.

Tebas has previously accused City and Paris Saint-Germain of ‘ruining the entire system’ and called for them to be thrown out of European competition.

City are currently being investigated over possible breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations, with the threat of Champions League expulsion still a possibility.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has attacked Manchester City over alleged ‘financial doping’

They are set to play in next year’s competition even as they await their fate but, speaking ahead of those developments, Tebas claimed: ‘Obviously a sanction needs to be imposed… I do know the Manchester City figures, where their income comes from and that figures don’t add up to a certain extent.’ 

He added: ‘One of the major issues in European football is related to (financial) doping. Because when we have clubs being financed by states then that has an impact on salaries.’ 

Both Abu-Dhabi-owned City and Qatari-backed PSG have been scrutinised in relation to FFP rules, which are designed to stop clubs from spending beyond their means.

‘I think in some cases (UEFA) have dealt with some FFP cases in the right way and for that they should be congratulated but there are two specific cases, Manchester City and PSG, which I think are not being dealt with correctly,’ Tebas said.

Tebas has also claimed that Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain have also breached regulations

Tebas has also claimed that Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain have also breached regulations

‘That’s not just my opinion it’s also members of the UEFA financial committee who thought it would be a good idea to open up the PSG case again.’ 

Speaking at the launch of LaLigaTV, Tebas also accused UEFA of ‘not enforcing’ compliance.

PSG were cleared of wrongdoing back in 2018 but City have been referred to UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body following allegations they inflated the value of a sponsorship deal in what was claimed to be an attempt to circumvent FFP rules and mislead.

City strongly deny the allegations.

Both they and UEFA declined to comment. 

LaLigaTV, the dedicated 24/7 channel showing all LaLiga matches, is available to SKY residential and commercial subscribers on Channel 435 and Virgin TV customers on Channel 554 through Premier Sports.