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La Liga report PSG to UEFA amidst Real Madrid speculation

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The Kylian Mbappe saga just took its most extraordinary twist yet.

Despite it having looked for the entirety of the 2021/22 campaign that Mbappe would be fulfilling his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid come the summer, the status quo changed rapidly in recent days.

Amidst bonkers reports that Paris Saint-Germain were offering Mbappe crazy money and privileges, it became increasingly clear that the Frenchman was committing a spectacular U-turn.

It was a development that shocked almost everyone in world football and no doubt will have left Florentino Perez throwing paperwork everywhere in the Bernabeu’s boardroom.

However, just when it looked as though Real Madrid were going to have to admit defeat and accept that ‘it is what it is’, none other than La Liga came up with a plot twist that nobody was expecting.

As confirmed by Fabrizio Romano on Saturday evening, the Spanish top-flight declared that they were going to report PSG to UEFA because of the ‘possible announcement’ that Mbappe would be staying.

And the timing couldn’t have been any more remarkable with PSG announcing just minutes later that Mbappe had indeed signed a new contract with the club that kept him in Paris until June 2025.

The full statement on La Liga’s official website read: “La Liga wishes to state that this type of agreement attacks the economic stability of European football, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and the integrity of the sport, not only in European competitions, but also in domestic leagues. 

“It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than 220 million euros after accumulating losses of more than 700 million euros in prior seasons (while reporting sponsorship income at doubtful valuation), with a squad cost around 650 million for this season, can close such an agreement, while those clubs that could afford the hiring of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.

“LaLiga will file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, the French administrative and fiscal authorities and European Union authorities to continue to defend the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability.

“In the past LaLiga has complained to UEFA for non-compliance with financial fair play by PSG. These complaints were successful and UEFA sanctioned the club, while the Court of Artbitration for Sport (CAS), in a bizarre decision, reversed the sanctions.

“LaLiga and many European football institutions had hope that PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi after entering bodies of European football management such as the UEFA Executive Committee and the presidency of the European Club Association (ECA) would abstain from these practices knowing they cause grave damage, but the opposite has been true.

“PSG is assuming an impossible investment, seeing that it has an unacceptable wage bill and large financial losses in prior seasons. It is violating current UEFA and French economic control rules. 

“This behaviour demonstrates once more that state owned clubs do not respect and do not want to respect the rules of a sector as important as football. These rules are key to protect and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

“This kind of behaviour led by Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, and member of the UEFA Executive Committee and president of ECA, endangers European football on the same level as the European Super League.”


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