PSG, Neymar 'peeing' in the 'swimming pool' – La Liga president Javier Tebas
MANCHESTER — La Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his attack on Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City for what he called “financial doping,” saying Neymar and PSG were “peeing” in the “swimming pool” by completing a world-record €222 million move from Barcelona.
Speaking in Manchester at the Soccerex conference, Tebas suggested that PSG had mocked UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) regulations by completing that deal and the loan of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, which is set to become a €180m deal next summer.
Tebas said: “PSG are laughing at FFP, aren’t they? What we have done is caught them peeing in the bed, or the swimming pool. Neymar’s gone on the diving board and now he’s peed. We cannot accept this.
“This is when the football clubs have competitive advantage not coming from club itself. PSG and Manchester City and in the past from Chelsea.”
Tebas last month requested to UEFA that both PSG and Manchester City be investigated for benefiting from “state-aid” from Qatar and Abu Dhabi respectively.
An investigation into PSG has been announced, but UEFA confirmed this week that no investigation is being carried out into Manchester City.
“They have not said they will never have one,” Tebas said. “We still have hope. They [UEFA] have created the financial fair play rules and we think these rules have been infringed.
“We believed UEFA need to carry out investigations. We believed the EU need to investigate, too. We are not hiding what we want to do.
“It’s not that I don’t like PSG. If Neymar had gone to Man United, it wouldn’t have been as important to take this to the courts. They are not financial doping.
“What happens when this money coming into PSG and Man City comes into European football, there is an inflation of salaries and transfer fees. This is what we need to talk about.”
John Brewin is a staff writer for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBrewinESPN.