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La Liga files Paris St Germain complaint

Spanish association's UEFA complaint follows similar complaint filed regarding Manchester City

LaLiga has confirmed it has filed a complaint with UEFA against Paris St Germain, which adds to another complaint it filed against Manchester City in April, on the grounds that “these clubs are in continuous breach of the current financial fair play rules”.

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

A LaLiga statement said the it “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 and do not make economic sense”.

In addition, LaLiga has hired law firms in France and Switzerland, including the French law firm of lawyer Juan Branco, with the aim of taking administrative and legal action before the relevant bodies in France and the European Union as soon as possible.

In Switzerland, LaLiga said it is looking into different representation options due to "possible conflicts of interest for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi arising from his various roles at PSG, UEFA, the ECA and BeIN Sports".

“This is not the first time that LaLiga has reported these anti-competitive practices to UEFA”, the La Liga statement said. “The Spanish organisation has always been at the forefront in the defence of economic control. In 2017 and 2018, it filed submissions with UEFA against PSG and Manchester City for breaching financial fair play, which resulted in UEFA sanctions against both ‘state clubs’, although these were subsequently overturned by bizarre CAS rulings.”

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