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Manchester City and PSG reported to UEFA amid new allegations of Financial Fair Play violations

La Liga has reported Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to UEFA for allegedly violating Financial Fair Play rules.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has also continued his criticism of the Premier League, alleging that spending limits “do not exist” and that the league’s finances are out of control.

Real Madrid missed out on signing Kylian Mbappe, who has agreed to a three-year contract worth £200 million, while City also beat the Spanish champions to Erling Haaland, who has gone to the Etihad for £51 million.

La Liga notified City of FFP breaches in April, while they filed a complaint against PSG last week, shortly after Tebas threatened legal action when Mbappe made a last-minute U-turn to stay with PSG.

A La Liga statement said: “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.

“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.”

Both Manchester City and PSG have been asked for comment and have previously categorically denied any wrongdoing.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport reversed a two-year Champions League suspension issued by Uefa on City for Financial Fair Play violations in July 2020. 

UEFA has the authority to take action against clubs who violate FFP laws, but after Covid, they eased their current spending rules, boosting the amount they may lose over three years from £25m to £50m and giving others an extra £10m if they are in “good financial health.”

There is also dissatisfaction among Premier League clubs about Tebas’s constant outbursts, as Ousmane Dembélé joined Barcelona for £118 million, although his contract has ended and he is free to depart.

Philippe Coutinho cost £120 million but has also been a financial nightmare for Barcelona, which is now forced to dump players before they can sign new ones after spending above their means and accumulating hundreds of millions of pounds in debt.

The Spanish legal system has decided against Barcelona and Real Madrid for having illegal tax breaks, and Tebas’ words are perceived as hypocritical by several English clubs.

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