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LaLiga to File Complaint to UEFA Over Mbappe’s New PSG Deal

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LaLiga president Javier Tebas said the Spanish league will send its formal complaint to UEFA regarding ’s new contract at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Tebas said it was impossible there has not been cheating referring to UEFA’s financial fair play rules and that LaLiga “is not going to allow a European club to destroy the ecosystem of European football.”

Mbappe rejected Real Madrid’s offer to sign a new three-year deal at PSG last week, prompting Tebas to say the agreement was an “insult to football” given the French club’s financial losses.

Mbappe becomes the highest-paid player in world football on wages of around £1m weekly after pocketing a signing-on fee in the region of £100m from PSG. The club have also made concessions over image rights with Mbappe in line to receive bonus payments for goals, Ballon d’Or honours and Champions League success.

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PSG suffered a 224.3-million-euro ($240m) loss in 2020/21, an increase of 80 per cent on the previous year, the annual report from French football’s financial authority (DNCG) said earlier this month.

“The complaint that we will present to UEFA is already drafted and in the review phase,” Tebas said in Madrid, adding that it would be sent “in one or two days”.

LaLiga introduced a system of strict spending restrictions in 2013, which include budgets being imposed on every Spanish club depending on their financial situation.

LaLiga insists the controls increase the competitive balance of the league and encourage clubs to adopt longer-term approaches to spending.

“We are not going to allow a European club to destroy the ecosystem of European football,” said Tebas.

“Deep down, it doesn’t matter to us who the owner is, whether it’s a state or not, the problem is the attitude of the owner because there is no limit, the losses don’t matter, they spend as much money as they want, they cheat with sponsorships linked to the state… that’s the problem.”

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in an interview with AFP in Paris on Friday he rejected LaLiga’s criticism of Mbappe’s new deal.

“I don’t agree. There are too many insults anyway in football, and I think that every league should worry about their situation,” Ceferin said.

“I don’t think it is right that one league criticises the other league. As much as I know, the offer from Real for Mbappe was similar to PSG’s offer,” Ceferin added.

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