La Liga files a legal complaint to UEFA over £60m Erling Haaland Signing


La Liga files a legal complaint to UEFA over £60m Erling Haaland Signing

Erling Haaland’s decision to move to Manchester City hasn’t gone down well with La Liga chief Javier Tebas, who has made an official complaint to UEFA.

Tebas is a long-standing critic of City and their financial model, despite the club being cleared at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2020 after UEFA charged them with breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

Now, he has confirmed he sent a formal complaint to UEFA against City and Paris Saint-Germain as he also took aim at City’s signing of Erling Haaland for £60m from Borussia Dortmund.

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City paid Erling Haaland’s release clause, with the total expenditure set to rise higher due to wages and agent fees, beating competition from Real Madrid among others. However, the fee is less than Barcelona paid City for Ferran Torres in January, with Tebas also omitting other expensive signings to La Liga in recent years.

What did Jaiver Tebas say?

La Liga President Javier Tebas

Speaking to Marca, Tebas said: “[City] must have done something, because Erling Haaland asked the clubs for more apart from the 60 million that have been paid.

“PSG is going to end up with losses of 200 million, it has already been dragging 300… and they go and renew Mbappé with those amounts. They are going to have to cheat, I don’t know if paying outside the French environment or fattening up the sponsorships a lot, which they already do.”

In his official complaint against PSG this week, La Liga confirmed they had raised a similar issue with UEFA in April against City, and didn’t rule out adding to both formal complaints.

“LaLiga this week filed a complaint with UEFA against PSG, which will join another against Manchester City in April, for understanding that these clubs are continuously breaching the current financial fair play regulations,” the complaint reads.

“LaLiga considers that these practices alter the ecosystem and the sustainability of football, harm all European clubs and leagues, and only serve to artificially inflate the market, with money not generated in football itself.

“LaLiga understands that the irregular financing of these clubs is carried out, either through direct injections of money or through sponsorship and other contracts that do not correspond to market conditions or make economic sense.

“The complaints against Manchester City before UEFA were made in April and this last week the one corresponding to PSG has been presented, although it is not ruled out that in the coming days extensions of some of these complaints will be made with the contributions of new data.

City have always staunchly defended themselves against Tebas’ complaints, and won their appeal against the two-year ban imposed on them by FIFA over alleged FFP breaches. But it remains to be seen what happens now.

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