The Spanish football governing body Liga de Fútbol Profesional (La Liga) has confirmed reports that it has asked UEFA to investigate Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain and whether they are breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
In a statement made to The Associated Press, league president Javier Tebas says that Manchester City, funded by Abu Dhabi, and PSG, owned by Qatar, are benefiting from state aid which “distorts European competitions” and “is irreparably harming the football industry.”
Tebas wrote to UEFA on August 22 formally requesting an investigation into both clubs, who have previously been sanctioned by European football’s governing body for overspending, and subsequently punished.
La Liga tried to block Neymar’s move from Barcelona to PSG when the Parisiens had the Brazil superstar buy out his own contract, and this request from Tebas seems to be a reaction aimed at the two most prominent Arab-backed football clubs.
There is a certain irony to this after Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs were found to have received unfair financial aid from their government in 2016.