Neymar, PSG May Be Banned From The Champions League Over FFP Breach
French club Paris Saint-Germain may see their dream start to the Uefa Champions League brought to a premature end following accusations they are in breach of the Financial Fair Play rules.
This comes after PSG and Manchester City were accused of cheating by La Liga chief Javier Tebas, who wants both clubs ousted from the Champions League.
According to the La Liga, both the Premier League heavyweights and Ligue 1 giants have an unfair economic advantage due to their billionaire Qatari backers.
PSG splashed the cash in the summer in a desperate bid to clinch the European Cup, bringing former Barcelona star Neymar and French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe for a combined €400 million.
And Tebas has regularly aired his displeasure at what he considers to be “financial doping” stressing that PSG pushed the boundaries of acceptable sporting behaviour this summer.
“We see that PSG and Manchester City, over the last five years, are the clubs that have invested the most in the purchase of players,” Tebas told L’Equipe in his latest outburst.
“Since their real incomes do not allow them to make such investments, they have invented fictitious, state-linked sponsors with amounts that do not match market prices.
“We compared the income of PSG and City with those of Real Madrid, Barca, Manchester United and Bayern. They are superior.
“At PSG, sponsorship revenues are tied to Qatar, directly or indirectly, and are superior to those of Manchester United. PSG continues to cheat economically.”
PSG are already facing a Uefa probe over their transfer dealings, and Tebas wants to seeany club that’s broken FFP regulations kicked out of European competition.
“They must not be allowed to compete,” he added.
“If, during the season, you realise that they cheated economically, why not exclude them? When a cyclist is convicted of doping, he is immediately excluded from the race.
“I also think controls should take place before the start of the competition, not after. Otherwise, the damage is done.”
PSG are back in Champions League action today with a home tie against Anderlecht, while Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders travel to Napoli on Wednesday.
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