The latest racially charged attack on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain by embittered La Liga president Javier Tebas has not gone unanswered.
On City and PSG, Tebas said today, “These clubs are laughing at the system – they have been caught peeing in the swimming pool; Neymar has peed from diving board. We can’t accept this.”
Both City and the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel), France’s governing body, have issued statements in response to remarks that could be interpreted as being slanderous.
A City spokeswoman suggested legal action could be upcoming, saying, “We note the public comments made by Mr. Tebas today and earlier this week.
“UEFA’s statement of the 4th of September is clear and based on accurate information. By contrast, Mr. Tebas’ statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction.
“As you would expect, Manchester City Football Club and the City Football Group are seeking appropriate legal counsel and will act accordingly on that advice.”
The LFP jumped to the defence of PSG, something we shouldn’t hold our breath that the FA will do, stating:
“The LFP strongly condemns the insulting remarks made today by the president of La Liga, M. Javier Tebas, concerning PSG.
“These remarks are unworthy of an institution as respectable and efficient as the Spanish League.
“The LFP notes that only UEFA is empowered to rule of the compliance of PSG with regards to FFP rules.
“The LFP reaffirms its support for PSG in the face of a campaign of denigration that has been going on for several weeks by some major European sides.”