La Liga president Javier Tebas has hit out at the two clubs saying they have become ‘playthings’ for billionaires who are making it impossible for teams to keep up.
He publicly admitted the two clubs are ruining European football.
Both clubs are owned by extremely wealthy people, with City’s owners being Sheikh Mansour, a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates and PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investments.
Despite the huge investments every season, both sides were not able to find success when it comes to European competitions but were only able to win domestically up till now.
La Liga president Javier Tebas fears Man City and PSG are ruining European football. pic.twitter.com/epC7pcYnk1
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Both clubs have also been forced to deny breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, with City currently facing a potential season-long Champions League ban.
Tebas has said the fact that these teams spend too much in transfers in order to be successful, it’s getting almost impossible to keep up with them for the rest of the European teams.
“The problem with PSG and City is they’re state-run clubs: one off petrol money, one off gas.
“The damage happening on Euro football is massive because they are inflating the market so clubs have to pay ridiculous sums to keep their players.
“There are clubs who could not care less what their real incomes are when they want to sign a player because they receive incomes from a state.
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“It forces other clubs into an economic situation which is really living on the edge. It skews the balance of the entire European football structure.
“This is no longer sport. This is no longer an industry. It becomes more like a toy, the plaything of a state.
“And when it’s a plaything, kids start playing with other kids. You end up ruining the entire system.”
He also criticised the idea of having the concept of a European Super League introduced, which he said would be a competition for the continent’s richest clubs and that no qualification matches would be required.
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“The origin of this entire problem with the Super League is the inflationary effect that Manchester City and PSG have created across the whole of Europe because the rest of the clubs in Europe want money to compete with these guys,” Tebas said.
“There’s a lot in play here but the future of European professional football is at risk,” he said. “This is not a joke what is going on right now. And English fans need to know what every club thinks about this.
“Because the history of English football and its clubs is in danger. We need to be much more transparent about a Super League.”