Earlier this week, Manchester City won their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The English club was fighting allegations of financial fair play violations. Back in November, City received a two-season UEFA Champions League ban and €30 million fine.
After the reversal of the decision to ban City from Europe, many in the football world expressed frustration over the situation and that includes La Liga president Javier Tebas, who isn’t a stranger to criticizing both City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Tebas recently spoke with ESPN, where he vented about the CAS decision regarding City and dragged PSG into his rant too for yet another conversation on how they’re ruining football.
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“I don’t want to say [people were] happy, but at last there was a sense of justice against these big state-owned clubs, the other being Paris Saint-Germain,” Tebas said.
Wait, there’s more.
“City, in the last five years, along with PSG, are the club that have spent the most. City haven’t signed with their own resources, like Manchester United do, who bring in money through television or sponsors,” Tebas said. “They sign with petrodollars, with money obtained through oil by the [owners in the] United Arab Emirates.”
Tebas is upset that clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have competition for the best talent in the world. He’s made that crystal clear.
Twenty years ago, someone like Neymar Jr. remained with Barca for the entire prime of his career. Never would the 28-year-old consider heading the Ligue 1, a “farmers league” to some.
Also, PSG relies less on Qatar for financial support. Considering the new sponsor deals with Accor Live Limitless and Nike, the capital club is bringing in more than its share of the money.
In Tebas’ mind, we’re all still living in the 2000s. Someone needs to wake him up and inform him that the game is changing and PSG isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
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