Manchester City Owners Consider Legal Action Over 'Financial Doping' Comments

Rosalie Stanley
September 8, 2017

'As you would expect, Manchester City and the City Football Group are seeking appropriate legal counsel and will act accordingly on that advice'.

The La Liga president made his accusations public at the Soccerex conference in Manchester on Wednesday - where City chief Ferran Soriano was present - as Tebas said, via BBC Sport: "It's a good thing that a club like Girona has a backing, but obviously there is a closer watch from La Liga to that club".

Uefa is investigating PSG's transfer spending but said that City were not under scrutiny.

"They are laughing at the system".

La Liga president Javier Tebas added: "PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations for years".

"Well Neymar has gone on to the diving board and peed into the pool - it can't be tolerated." . "We can not accept this".

Tebas called on UEFA to launch an investigation into "state funded clubs" like Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City that are both owned by sovereign wealth funds from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

Javier Tebas, La Liga President talks with David Garrido Sky Sports Presenter during day 3 of the Soccerex Global Convention
Javier Tebas talks during the Soccerex Global Convention Credit GETTY IMAGES

Despite Tebas' request for City to also be investigated, Uefa confirmed on Tuesday that there is now no open investigation into the club's adherence to FFP.

When asked if Girona cooked the books, Tebas said: "They were trying to but they didn't manage to do it".

"Manchester City paid almost £900m, PSG £868m for transfers, If we don't control the situation the whole industry will become destructured".

PSG, also under the ownership of wealthy Middle-Eastern backers, have themselves taken transfer spending to a new level this summer as they paid £198m for Brazilian forward Neymar and agreed to hand over £166m to sign Kylian Mbappe permanently next year. "I need more money from TV, otherwise Manchester City with its oil will take all these players".

"When contracts are not reflecting real market incomes - as in money not derived directly from football - then we take action". "That's financial doping and it's destroying the industry".

"Manchester City paid almost €1000m, PSG €950m for transfers".

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