La Liga-PSG war gets dirty

September 07, 2017
LaLiga president Javier Tebas.


Javier Tebas, head of the Spanish football league, yesterday described the spending by Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain as someone who relieves themselves in a swimming pool.

The French club broke football's transfer record by buying Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros (US$262 million), depriving La Liga of one of the game's hottest talents.

Spanish league president Tebas, who claims that PSG could only avoid breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play rules by relying on inflated sponsorships from Qatar.

"They are laughing at the system," Tebas said of PSG through a translator at the SoccerEx convention yesterday. "We can't accept this."

But PSG was given the full backing of the French league, which said in a statement that it "firmly condemns the insulting" comments made by Tebas in Manchester.

"These shameful remarks are not worthy of an institution that is as respectable and successful as the Spanish league," the French league added.

PSG has been placed under investigation by UEFA for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play rules, with particular scrutiny of Kylian Mbappe's move from Monaco, which will delay another costly outlay after Neymar's world record fee. Mbappe has only joined on loan, but there's already a plan for him to sign on a permanent deal next year that will cost PSG 180 million euros (US$216 million).

When Mbappe was presented in Paris on Wednesday, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi faced questions about the structure of the deal.

"We have nothing to hide," Al-Khelaifi said before coyly adding: "I can't speak about all the details. We've done everything within the rules."

And in a message to Tebas, Al-Khelaifi said: "If someone's angry, that's not my problem.

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