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La Liga chief accuses Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City of "financial doping"

08 September 2017

La Liga president Javier Tebas had this to say on the matter via ESPN: " Clubs like PSG and City make fun of the system that now is in place but we caught them peeing in the pool.

And City responded strongly to accusations from Tebas regarding the bankrolling of the club by owner Sheikh Mansour, of Abu Dhabi's ruling family.

City Football Group (CFG), group that own the Manchester team, acquired 88.6% of Girona's shares at the end of August, along with the company owned by Pere Guardiola.

CFG categorically denied anyone had sought to "cook the books" at Girona by not charging a loan fee for the players from City, who said the majority of their loans to all clubs did not involve such fees. By contrast, Mr. Tebas' statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction.

"As they can expect, Manchester City Football Club and City Football Group have sought legal advice and will act accordingly", the statement continued. We've caught them peeing in the swimming pool.

Tebas said La Liga had stepped in to prevent the five being registered for far less than their correct value.

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UEFA has opened an investigation over PSG's signings, and the possibility of breaking Financial Fair Play rules, although nothing has been set for Manchester City.

Speaking at the SoccerEx convention on Wednesday, Tebas said through a translator that PSG "are laughing at the system," adding "we can't accept this". "I need more money from TV, otherwise Manchester City with its oil will take all these players".

"These unworthy remarks are unbefitting an institution as respectable and successful as the Spanish league".

He claimed: "If there is too much money in the market, prices go up".

City hit back with a strong statement confirming they are seeking legal action against the Spanish league after Tebas also criticised their financial structure earlier in the week.

Ben Arfa's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, claims the club have violated the LFP's Professional Football Charter that states such a measure can only be temporary and for reasons of squad management.

La Liga chief accuses Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City of